ABUBAKAR JEGA ABDULKADIR, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is appeal against the decision of the High Court of Justice, Anambra State sitting at Onitsha Judicial Division as presided over by Hon. Justice J. C. Nwadi on 23rd June, 2006.
The Respondent herein commenced an action on 3rd February 2005 by Writ of Summons against the Appellants herein. In its 24 paragraph Statement of claim, the Respondent's claim against the Appellants are as follows:
"(a) A declaration that the plaintiff is the lessee for a term of 99 years from the 1st of January 1979 of all that parcel of land situate within the Niger Bridgehead Industrial Layout, Onitsha numbered as plots IND/65 and IN/67 thereof and containing an area of 1.732 hectares which parcel of land is shown in plan number (A) 107, tracing No. AN - 372 attached to Deed of Building lease dated the 8th day of August 1979 and registered at No. 23 at page 23 in volume 1041 in the Lands Registry in the office now at Awka.
(b) A declar…