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CHIEF IMAM Y.P.O. SHODEINDE & ORS v. THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE AHMADIYYA

(1983) JELR 45260 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.64/1982  •  4 Nov 1983  •  Nigeria

Coram
GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO JSC; ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI JSC; KAYODE ESO JSC; ANTHONY NNAEMEZIE ANIAGOLU JSC; MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS JSC;

Judgement

OBASEKI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): Proceedings in this matter on appeal to this Court were commenced by a writ of summons filed in the High Court of Lagos State at Lagos on the 14th day of January, 1975. The claims endorsed on the amended writ of summons filed on the 8th day of December, 1976 read:

"1. A declaration that the resolution passed by the executive committee of the Ahmadiyya Movement-in-Islam on the 12th day of May, 1974 whereby it purported to change the name of the Movement to Anwar-ul-Islam Movement is null and void and is not binding on the plaintiffs.

2. A declaration that the plaintiffs and those who adhere to them alone fully represent the Ahmadiyya Movement-in-Islam Nigeria and are entitled to the whole lands and property belonging to the said Movement within Lagos State as at the 11th day of May, 1974 which were held by and vested in the 1st defendants as registered trustees on behalf of the plaintiffs and those adhering to them as constituting the …

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