MISITURA OMODERE BOLAJI-YUSUFF, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal emanated from the judgment of Anambra State High Court holden at Awka which was delivered in suit No. AA/120/86 on 31st July, 2007.
The respondent as the plaintiff before the Lower Court in the Further Amended Statement of Claim dated and filed on 17th June, 2001 inter alia claimed against the appellants as the defendants as follows:
"1) A declaration that the plaintiffs are entitled to a Statutory Right of Occupancy over the said premises of Saviour's Apostolic Church of Nigeria situate at Awka the annual value of which is about N10,000.00
2). General damages for trespass N2,000,000.00
3. Injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, their servants, agents or workmen from further interfering with the church premises aforesaid at Awka, or in any other manner inconsistent with the ownership and or possession of the said premises by the plaintiffs.
4) Return of the properties of the Church afore…