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A.U. Deduwa & Ors. v. The State

(1975) JELR 33968 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.424/74  •  27 Feb 1975  •  Nigeria

Coram
GEORGE BAPTIST AYODOLA COKER JSC; GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO JSC; DANIEL O. IBEKWE JSC;

Judgement

G. B. A. COKER, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In the High Court, Warri, presided over by Atake, J., the three appellants were cited for contempt of court and were sentenced each to a fine or six months imprisonment I.H.L. The gravamen of the offence was that during the pendency of proceedings in which they were parties, they caused a letter (admitted in evidence in the contempt proceedings as Exhibit "A" to be written and handed to the Registrar of the Court of the attention of the learned trial judge. The letter Exhibit "A" reads in full as follows:

"The Registrar,

High Court of Justice, Warri.

Dear Sir,

Suit No. W/22/68 and W/28/69 (CONSOLIDATED) A.U. DEDUWA and ORS. E. A. OKORODUDU and ORS.

With every respect and humility we above-mentioned, for ourselves and on behalf of the Eribregbe family of Ogunu, near Warri, like to bring through you to the attention of the Honourable Mr Justice Franklin Atake our serious apprehensions and fears over his trying the above civil cas…

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