PAUL ADAMU GALINJE, J.C.A.(Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Appellants herein who were the Plaintiffs at the High Court of Lagos State claimed against the Respondent in their further Amended Statement of Claim filed on the 24th June 2004 (see pages 66-69 of the record of this appeal) for declaration of title, damages for trespass and injunction over a parcel of land situate and lying at Ithazi along Abia - N. I. F. O. R/DlFFRI road, Igborosun in Badagary Local Government Area of Lagos State.
By a statement of defence dated 11th April 2002 and filed on the 13th January 2003, the Respondent herein, who was the Defendant at the lower court set up a counterclaim for declaration of title, forfeiture of customary grant, injunction, damages for trespass and damages for libel and slander against the Appellants.
A reply to the counterclaim of the Respondent was dated and filed on the 29th of March 2000.
Issues having been joined, the matter proceeded to trial. At the end of the trial and …