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HAUWA SALAMI V. BALA MOHAMMED & ANOR.

(2000) JELR 44193 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.219/1994  •  23 Jun 2000  •  Nigeria

Coram
ADOLPHUS GODWIN KARIBI-WHYTE JSC; ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI JSC; UTHMAN MOHAMMED JSC; ALOYSIUS IYORGYER KATSINA-ALU JSC; AKINTOLA OLUFEMI EJIWUNMI JSC;

Judgement

WALI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): Before the Central Area Court 1, Jos, Plateau State Judiciary, the appellant as plaintiff brought the following complaint against the 1st defendant, now the respondent:-

"I sue Alhaji Bala Muhammed in that I stay in his house for about eighteen years as tenant and I am paying the rentage every month but he later on sold the house to one of the tenants by name Haliru Mustapha without informing us whether we have means to buy the house or not, while the said Haliru Mustapha (is not reach up) stay there for about 19 years, that is the reason of my complain."

The defendant in answer to the plaintiffs complaint stated as follows:

"At first the house does not belong to me the defendant, it is for orphans. (Marayu) and they are three in number, each of them has two rooms and each one of them sold the house (her share) to one person but at different times; the time they sold (their shares) I was not there but I am the person who signed for theā€¦

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