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ALHAJI J. A. ODUTOLA & ANOR V. PAPERSACK NIGERIA LIMITED

(2007) JELR 16386 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.280/2003  •  15 Dec 2007  •  Nigeria

Coram
SYLVESTER UMARU ONU JSC; NIKI TOBI JSC; DAHIRU MUSDAPHER JSC; ALOMA MARIAM MUKHTAR JSC; WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN JSC;

Judgement

TOBI, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The res in this litigation is 44, Eric Moore Road, Iganmu Industrial Estate in Lagos State. The 1st plaintiff, now the 1st appellant, is the original owner of the property. He is the founder and principal shareholder of the 2nd plaintiff, now the 2nd appellant. The 2nd appellant is the assignee of the unexpired term and interest in the property with effect from 13th December, 1991. The 1st appellant is the Managing Director of the 2nd appellant. The case of the appellants is that Thoresen and Co. (Nig.) Ltd. rented the property and not Papersack Nigeria Limited. Although the tenancy expired in 1980, respondent still occupied the property. They paid rent to the 1st appellant, though not regularly. The 1st appellant issued receipts for payments made to the respondent.

Following the failure on the part of the respondent to pay the rent, the appellants filed the action. They claimed possession, outstanding rent and mesne profit. The respondent …

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