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OWGU AMANA V. IGALA AREA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL & ORS

(2022) JELR 109979 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.273/2017  •  8 Apr 2022  •  Nigeria

Coram
OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA, J.S.C. (Presided) EJEMBI EKO, J.S.C. UWANI MUSA ABBA AJI, J.S.C. MOHAMMED LAWAL GARBA, J.S.C. (Read the Leading Judgment) ADAMU JAURO, J.S.C.

Judgement

GAR BA, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant’s late father was appointed and beaded by the Attah of Igala, (the Attah), as the Onu-Ojokogbe of Ochadamu Community and District Head of Ochadamu District made up of 20 villages including Ochadamu town, Emewe Ochadamu, Olofu-Olama, Ejule, Umomi town and Ajedime. Later on, the Attah, through the 1st respondent, appointed and beaded the 2nd respondent as the Agenyi-Attah and put him in control of Ochadamu town, Emewe-Ochadamu, Okele, Ofejiji, Alame-Ejule, Ikpakejo, Umomi town, Ogbakpedo and Ajedime villages as caretaker in trust for the Attah.

On ground of alleged misconduct and disloyalty, the Onu-Ojokogbe was debeaded by the Attah and his areas of caretakership were limited to Ojokogbe (Utu), Obaje-Ako, Ofakaga No.2, Okabo and Owowolo villages. Aggrieved by the action of the Attah, the Onu-Ojokobge initiated a legal action before the High Court of Kogi State against 1st respondent, Alh. (Dr.) Aliyu Obaje (Attah of Igala)…

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