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CHIEF JERRY UGWU (For Himself And On Behalf Of Ogui Nike Community Enugu State) V. CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND FEDERAL MINISTRY OF LANDS HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

(2021) JELR 106880 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/E/334/2016  •  12 Feb 2021  •  Nigeria

Coram
AHMAD OLAREWAJU BELGORE, JCA ITA GEORGE MBABA, JCA JOSEPH OLUBUNMI KAYODE OYEWOLE, JCA

Judgement

ITA GEORGE MBABA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This Appeal is against the Ruling of Enugu State High Court in Suit No. E/36/2014, delivered on 17/2/2016 by Hon. Justice R.O Odugu, wherein the learned trial Judge dismissed the suit of the plaintiff (now Appellant), on the objection raised by 1st Defendant (now 1st Respondent) against the suit, for want of jurisdiction, that the suit was statute barred.

At the lower Court, the Plaintiff had sought the following reliefs:

(1) A declaration that the Plaintiff, for himself and on behalf of Ogui Nike Community, are entitled to the large expanse of land, measuring 22.92 acres, part of which 2.286 acres was given to Central Bank of Nigeria to site its branch office at Okpara Avenue, Enugu State, Nigeria.
(2) A declaration that the plaintiff and on behalf of Ogui Nike Community, are entitled to the customary right of occupancy of an area of land measuring 2.286 acres of land, where the Central Bank of Nigeria as a sub-leasee to Federa…

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