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CHIEF CHUKWUDEBERE OKOLIE (EZE AMURANAMA) & ORS v. PROF. PETER EBIGBO & ORS

(2016) JELR 36878 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/OW/436/2013  •  23 Mar 2016  •  Nigeria

Coram
ITA GEORGE MBABA JCA; PETER OLABISI IGE JCA; FREDERICK OZIAKPONO OHO JCA;

Judgement

FREDERICK OZIAKPONO OHO, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In Suit No: HOU/5/2009 the Plaintiffs Statement of Claim at Paragraphs 32 (1), (2), (3) and (4) was endorsed with the Plaintiff'??s Claim as follows; Wherefore the Plaintiff claims against the Defendants as follows;

1. A Declaration that by the custom of the and tradition of the people of Amaofuo, it is the Plaintiffs Agwaonye Ruling House, as the most senior member and holder/custodian of Ofo (staff of Authority) of the founding father of Amaofuo, in Amaofuo Autonomous Community that is entitled to produce the Traditional Ruler (EZE) of the Autonomous Community .

2. A Declaration that by the custom and tradition of the people of Amaofuo the right to identify, select and appoint Eze-Elect for Amaofuo Autonomous Community for the Traditional Rulership (EZE-SHIP) throne is the traditional prerogative of the Plaintiffs Umuagwaonye family.

3. A Declaration that the purported presentation of the 1st Defendant as the Eze-Elect …

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