(2003) JELR 44841 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.100/2000 ·  9 May 2003 ·  Nigeria
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A.-G., Ekiti State v. Daramola (2003) 10 NWLR (Pt.827)104 (2003) 5 S.C 70 (2003) 5 S.C 70
MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MICHAEL EKUNDAYO OGUNDARE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria EMMANUEL OLAYINKA AYOOLA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DAHIRU MUSDAPHER Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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E. O. AYOOLA, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellants were the defendants in an action commenced in the High Court of the then Ondo State against them by the present respondents who were plaintiffs. For convenience the appellants are referred to as "the defendants" and the respondents as "the plaintiffs" in this judgment.

The plaintiffs' claim in the High Court as contained in the further amended statement of claim was as follows:

"(a) a declaration that the Arojojoye Ruling House of the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti Chieftancy consists of seven stocks: Odogun, Odo Idara, (Aminmin) Akere, Kumuyi, Akata, Adewa/Aderuku and Akutupu.

(b) a declaration that the plaintiffs are authentic members of the Akata stock of the said Arojojoye Ruling House,

(c) a declaration that the selection and presentation of third defendant by second defendant to the kingmakers and/or third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh defendants (as Warrant Chiefs) is against the history, native law and custom …

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