SIDI DAUDA BAGE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The suit leading to this appeal was filed by the Respondents through a writ of summons dated 31st of October, 2006;Amended statement of claim and other front loaded processes attached thereto. The Amended writ of summons dated 23/11/06, which was filed against the 1st - 13th Defendants (now Appellants) had sought for the following reliefs:
AMENDED STATEMENT OF CLAIM
1. The 1st claimant is the shepherd-in-charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Oshodi Parish 1, at No. 11, Olatunji Street, Oshodi, Lagos while the other Claimants are members of the Council of Elders charged with sundry duties especially to see to the smooth administration of the said Church and the welfare of its members.
2. The matter relates to the administration of the Celestial Church of Christ, Oshodi Parish 1, Oshodi, Lagos hereinafter referred to as "the Church" under the control of Nigerian Diocese Tejuosho Headquarters, Surulere, Lagos,
3. The 1st Defe…