CHAIRMAN, CUSTOMARY COURT, OMOKU
V.
OJADI

(2006) JELR 50968 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/PH/68/95 ·  31 Aug 2006 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD JCA (Presided) ISTIFANUS THOMAS JCA
Core Terms Beta
learned trial judge
2nd respondents of the 1st set of respondents
court’s order
judges of the customary court
reversal of the decision of the trial court
sets of appellants
6th respondents of the 2nd set of respondents
chairman of the customary court
personal service of the motion
oral evidence
learned counsel
order of the said court
4th respondent of the 2nd set of respondents
members of the customary court
personal service
lead judgment
suit no. cco
high court
5th respondent of the 2nd set of respondents
contention of the learned counsel
origin of the contempt proceedings
issues
1st respondent
counsel
1st set of appellants
judicial officers
proprietary of the learned trial judge
contempt judgment
grounds of appeal
reasonable doubt
6th respondent of the 2nd set of respondents
unanswered questions
service
perpetual injunction
trial judge
late chief isomah
counter-affidavit of the 1st set of appellants
service of the motion
depositions of chief christopher nwaonuma
said issue
high court rules
ground a of the grounds of appeal
second set of appellants
time of the service of the interim prohibition order
appellants
dongban-mensem jca
affidavit
discretion
such service

DONGBAN-MENSEM JCA (Delivering the Lead Judgment): On 28/07/94, the Hon. Justice E. N. T. Ebete of the Rivers State judiciary decreed as follows:-

“... That the 1st and 2nd respondents of the 1st set of respondents and the 4th, 5th and 6th respondents of the 2nd set of respondents disrespected this court’s order of 24/2/94. The application to commit them to prison therefore has merit and it is hereby granted...” The order that followed is also hereby reproduced:- “Order (a) 1st respondent who is the chairman of the Customary Court, Omoku is to pay a fine of N20.00 (twenty naira) or to go to prison for two months.

(b) Mr. Vincent Osi who is one of the members of the Customary Court who took part in the contempt judgment is to pay a fine of N20.00 (twenty naira) or to go to prison for two months. The 4th respondent of the 2nd set of respondents is to go to prison for three days.

The 5th respondent of the 2nd set of respondents is to go to prison for three days.

The 6th respondent of the 2…

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