MASSOUD ABDULRAHMAN OREDOLA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the Imo State High Court sitting at Owerri, (hereinafter referred to as the lower court), delivered on the 26th day of January, 2017 by Hon. Justice P.O. Nnadi C.J., (hereinafter referred to as the learned trial judge).
The suit from where this appeal emanated was commenced by the 1st and 2nd plaintiffs/1st and 2nd respondents (hereinafter referred to as the 1st and 2nd respondents) vide a writ of summons and statement of claim filed on the 13th day of June, 2005. The 1st and 2nd respondents were by their further amended statement of claim sought for the grant of the following reliefs:
(a) N20,000,000.00 being special and general damages for the unlawful retention of the title deeds of Plot 178 E New Owerri, which property is the subject matter of this Suit, the 1st Claimant having paid for the said property.
(b) An order of this Honourable Court on the 1st Defendant bank to spec…