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DR. DOZIE IKEDIFE & ANOR V. CLEMENT OBIENU

(1975) JELR 33971 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.398/1974  •  24 Apr 1975  •  Nigeria

Coram
TASLIM OLAWALE ELIAS JSC; GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO JSC; DAN IBEKWE JSC;

Judgement

T. O. ELIAS, C.J.N. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): For the purpose of establishing a market for the community of Nnewi, private land was acquired from the various families affected and it would seem that payment of compensation had been agreed with all the families except one, that headed by the plaintiff in Suit No. 0/13/70. The accredited representatives of the community offered to pay the plaintiff N100 as compensation, but the plaintiff rejected the offer on the ground that his family land formed the largest part of the area acquired for the market and the amount offered was far too little. When he got no satisfaction from the defendants, Chief K.O. Orizu and ten others, who were respectively the paramount chiefs and other elders of the community, the plaintiff brought an action in the Onitsha High Court in Suit No. 0/13/70 against the defendants. As the progress on the establishment of the market was being hampered as a result of the dispute between the plaintiff and the defeā€¦

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