GALADIMA, JCA (Delivering the Leading Judgment): Three appeals in this matter were filed and later consolidated by leave of this court on 26/4/2006. In the first appeal, the defendants (hereto as the respondents in the first appeal) appealed on one ground against the ruling of the said Duruoha F. Igwe (J), delivered on 31/5/2000. This was a complaint on the admissibility of exhibit 'A' - a petition addressed to the then Military Administrator of Imo State by the appellants.
Appellants in this appeal raised a lone issue for determination thus:
"Whether the learned trial Judge rightly admitted exhibit 'A' in view of the fact that it failed to satisfy the formal requirements governing admissibility of documentary evidence under the Evidence Act (hereinafter called "the Act.")
The second appeal filed by the plaintiff containing three grounds was against part of the judgment of Hon. Justice Florence Duruoha-Igwe sitting at High Court of Mgbidi, Imo State relating to the award of ₦56,000.00…