ANSA & ORS.
V.
ISHIE & ORS.

(2005) JELR 46009 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.92/2002 ·  17 Jun 2005 ·  Nigeria
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Ansa v. Ishie (2005) 15 NWLR (Pt.948)210 (2005) 6 S.C (Pt II) 42 (2005) 6 S.C (Pt II) 42
CORAM
IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria AKINTOLA OLUFEMI EJIWUNMI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DAHIRU MUSDAPHER Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria IGNATIUS CHUKWUDI PATS-ACHOLONU Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria SUNDAY AKINOLA AKINTAN Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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respondents messrs. reynold brezina brown
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PATS-ACHOLONU, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): It is not meant in the least to be derogatory of the appellant's case if I describe the procedural steps taken in this case right from the High Court to this court as somewhat weird and strange. Perhaps the account of the synopsis of the matter right from the inception of the action might give a bird's eye view of what I mean. There are parties against whom claims were made who have nothing in common with others. The brief and the issues raised and argued follow the same pattern of sheer chaos.

The appellants as plaintiffs recounted of how their ancestors who migrated from a place called Mbakeng in Ekoi found the lands in dispute. They stated that their people lived and thereafter occupied the place and commenced farming on the land and generally exercised maximum acts of ownership by what I would describe as manifesting "habemus sibi animus possidendi" under the leadership of Ntoe Odo Edem otherwise also known as kasuk. The na…

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