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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY V. HARRY AYOADE AKANDE & ORS

(2012) JELR 33993 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.337/2008  •  23 Mar 2012  •  Nigeria

Coram
MAHMUD MOHAMMED JSC; MITCHELL CHRISTOPHER CHUKWUMA-ENEH JSC; MUHAMMAD SAIFULLAH MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE JSC; JOHN AFOLABI FABIYI JSC; BODE RHODES-VIVOUR JSC;

Judgement

M. S. MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Appellant herein, General Electric Company Limited, is the 4th defendant in suit No. FHC/L/22/90 at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi Lagos, and has appealed against the judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on 6th October, 2008. Other 4 defendants 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th did not appeal. The crucial and amazing aspect of this appeal is that the main appeal was pending and without hearing the Court of appeal decided abruptly to dismiss the appellant's appeal without hearing notwithstanding that the parties had filed their respective briefs of argument. The same court, now lower court struck out also without hearing the appellant's motion on Notice for leave to amend its notice of appeal, appellants brief of argument and reply brief.

The 1st Respondent and one other were shareholders and directors in the 4th defendant/respondent company. Both had informed the 4th defendant that they were not happy with the wa…

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