HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A.(Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Abia State High Court presided over by His Lordship Hon. Justice Ijeoma Offonry delivered at Osisioma on 1st July, 2002.
The Plaintiff/Appellant on the 17th day of July 2000 filed a writ of summons and statement of claim against the defendant/Respondent claiming the reliefs set out on pages 16-27 of the record of appeal.
The reliefs are stated below:
"(a) a declaration that the piece or parcel of land known as and called ALA OKPULO AMACHI is situate at Umuaduru Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State of Nigeria.
(b) A declaration that the Plaintiff is entitled to a Statutory Certificate of Occupancy of the aforesaid parcel of land.
(c) An injunction restraining the Defendant his servants, agents, or privies from interfering with the rights and possession of the Plaintiff over the said land."
The Defendant/Respondent filed his statement of defence on the 14th day of July…