EBHOTA & ORS.
V.
PLATEAU INVESTMENT AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.

(2005) JELR 45239 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.302/2000 ·  15 Jul 2005 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
Ebhota v. P.I. & P.D. Co. Ltd. (2005) 15 NWLR (Pt.948)266 (2005) 7 S.C (Pt III) 8 (2005) 7 S.C (Pt III) 8
Ebhota v. P.I.P.D.Co. Ltd. (2005) 15 NWLR (Pt. 948) 266
CORAM
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria SYLVESTER UMARU ONU 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 DENNIS ONYEJIFE EDOZIE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
appellants
respondent
court
appeal
miango road
federal government of nigeria
federal government
sub-lessor
learned justices of the court of appeal
management agent
court of appeal
federal low cost housing estate
federal ministry of works
further changes
housing units
leading judgment
learned trial judge
trial court
prior approval of the federal government of nigeria
contention of the appellants
due process of law
federal ministry of housing
finding of the trial judge
first option of outright purchase of the units
issue of ownership of the estate
justices of the court of appeal
monthly rent
no. phc
order of injunction
property of the federal government of nigeria
said housing units
sub-lease
allotees of the houses
brief of argument
claims of the appellants
conclusion of the hearing of the evidence
context of its use
course of the trial
following cases
main reasons
messrs o. i. ochigbo
orders of that court
organ of the plateau state government
plateau state housing authority exhibit
provisions of the deed of sub-lease
said evidence
take-over of other government
view of exhibit
virtue of the deed of sublease

EJIWUNMI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This action was commenced by the appellants in a representative capacity as indicated above, against the defendant now respondent, to this appeal. The following are the reliefs sought by the appellants.

"A declaration that:-

(a) The Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Phase 1, Miango Road, Jos is the property of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

(b) By virtue of the deed of sublease dated 13/4/77 made between the plaintiffs and the defendant, the defendant as management agent for the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing cannot increase the rentage on the premises without the prior approval of the Federal Government of Nigeria, and therefore the defendant's notice of increase in monthly rent and revocation of application forms/tenancy agreement ref. No. PHC/S/GEN/86/6 dated 28/11/89 as it pertains to the plaintiffs is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

(c) The plaintiffs are entitled to be given first option of outright purchas…

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