NWALI SYLVESTER NGWUTA, J.C.A (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Respondent as plaintiff in the lower Court, a certificated Village Head of Ekpene Tete Village in Akpabuyo L.G.A. of Cross River State, commenced an action for himself and on behalf of the people of his village against the defendants now appellants, claiming as follows:-
"(a) A declaration that the plaintiff is the certificated village head of Ekpene Tete Village in Akpabuyo L.G.A.
(b) A declaration that the plaintiff as village head has a statutory duty to manage the economic resources of Ekpene Tete village as a trustee for the benefit of the entire village.
(c) An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, thugs, servants, representatives from interfering with the plaintiff functions as the village head of Ekpene Tete in Akpabuyo L.G.A.
(d) N20, 000,000 being general damages against the defendants jointly and severally for interfering with the right of the plaintiff as village head."