ABDULLAHI & ORS
V.
EL-RUFAI & ORS

(2021) JELR 109196 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC.345/2016 ·  26 Mar 2021 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
Olukayode Ariwoola, JSC Uwani Musa Abba Aji, JSC Mohammed Lawal Garba, JSC Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji, JSC Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, JSC
Core Terms Beta
contract
trial court
lower court
exhibits b
valid contract
federal government of nigeria
specific performance
issues
appellants' brief
exhibits f
exhibits g
order of perpetual injunction
binding contract
f1-f97
issuance of letters of offer
notice of appeal
respondents' brief
rights of first option of refusal
sale of the said houses
aforesaid contract
appellants' contention
breach of that contract
decision of the trial court
exhibits e
following reliefs
judgment of the lower court
official residences of the plaintiffs
public servants
purchase of the properties
appellants' appeal
appellants' claim
appellants' paragraph
appellants' submission
case of the appellants
conclusion of the trial
court of appeal
e1-e8
exhibit c.
exhibit e.
high court of justice of the federal capital territory
houses exhibits d
leading judgment
learned trial judge's findings
mutuality of purpose
para g-c
said residences
such negotiations
virtue of exhibits b

SAMUEL CHUKWUDUMEBI OSEJI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Appellants by way of writ of summons filed at the High Court of Justice of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, sought the following reliefs against the Respondents: -

“1. A declaration that the decision by the Federal Government of Nigeria to sell off all its houses, more particularly those occupied by the plaintiffs as shown in the schedule hereto, is an act which smacks of corruption, and consequently it is unenforceable, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

2. An order restraining the defendants either by themselves, servants, agents, privies, assigns however referred from doing anything or taking any steps towards the execution of the decision or policy of the Federal Government to sell the houses occupied by public servants or officers more particularly the houses occupied by the plaintiffs.

IN THE ALTERNATIVE:

​3. A declaration that there exists a valid and subsisting contract between the plaintiffs and th…

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