MASSOUD ABDULRAHMAN OREDOLA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an interlocutory appeal against the ruling of the High Court of Imo State, Nigeria sitting at Owerri (hereinafter referred to as the lower Court). The suit which led to this appeal was commenced by the claimant/respondent (hereinafter referred to as the respondent) vide a writ of summons and statement of claim together with other accompanying processes, filed on the 16th day of February, 2012 wherein the respondent by his amended statement of claim dated the 8th day of May, 2012 sought for the following reliefs:
52. Wherefore the claimant claims against the defendants severally and jointly the sum of N305,000.00 being special damages and N15,000.000.00 as general damages for wrongful termination of appointment and hardship caused him especially during the Christmas period.
(See page 90 of the record of appeal.)
The 1st and 2nd defendants/appellants (hereinafter referred to as the appellants) responded accordin…