MUHAMMAD JCA (Delivering the Lead Judgment): The appellant herein as plaintiff at the High Court of Justice of Kogi State holden at Ayangba (the lower court) took out a writ of summons against the respondent as defendant. The claims endorsed in the writ which were affirmed in paragraph 14 of the statement of claim read as follows - WHEREOF the plaintiff claims against the defendant:
A declaration that Ali Achimi the plaintiff in this matter is the valid, legitimate, recognized and for all purposes, the only person entitled to the office of Imamship at Egume Central Mosque which offices he now occupy (sic) to the satisfaction and enjoyment of all dominant Muslims within and outside the Egume Muslim Community.
A declaration that the ascension to the office of Imamship by the plaintiff is in accordance with settle
(sic) customs, convention, tradition and relevant rules governing the appointment and selection of a person to the vacant stool of Imamship of Egume Central Mosque/ Jumat Mosque…