(1998) JELR 45697 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.274/1991 ·  12 Jun 1998 ·  Nigeria
Other Citations
Ejike v. Ifeadi (1998) 8 NWLR (Pt.561)323 (1998) 6 S.C 57
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MICHAEL EKUNDAYO OGUNDARE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria UTHMAN MOHAMMED Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
chief judge
otuocha customary court
customary court grade
awkuzu customary court
judicial division
order of transfer
chief judge of anambra state
customary court adviser
mr. obiora
supreme court
customary courts edict
exercise of the powers
high court of anambra state
judgment of the lower court
jurisdiction of the otuocha customary court grade
leading judgment
matter of assignment order
members of that court
president of customary court grade
such circumstance
application of the defendants
chief judge of the anambra state of nigeria
civil causes
customary court grade i otuocha
following order of transfer
following questions
further appeal
high court law
high court of anambra state of nigeria
high court of the former east central state of nigeria
interested parties
issues of submission
jurisdiction of the otuocha customary court
land causes
matter of suit no. cca
matter of the customary courts edict no.3
onitsha high court
onitsha judicial division of the high court of anambra state
order of transfer of the case
owocha customary court grade
respect of the above named suit
said case
state chief judge
validity of the order of transfer
violation of nsugbe native law

OGUNDARE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This case has had a chequered history. The action commenced in the High Court of the former East Central State of Nigeria in the Onitsha judicial Division in 1975 when the plaintiffs (now appellants) took out a writ of summons claiming from the defendants (now respondents)

1. A declaration that the 'Ndi Eze' Society of Nsugbe is untraditional, a violation of Nsugbe Native Law and custom, and a negation or the concept of kingship.

2. An order restraining the said 'Ndi Eze Society from maintaining or parading themselves as the 'Eze' (king) or Nsugbe.

3. An order restraining them from appointing or initiating people as Ndichie which is the prerogative right of the 'Eze' (king) of Nsugbe.

4. An injunction to restrain them, their servants and/or agents from using the known regalia of the 'Eze' (king) of Nsugbe, which are red cap, Nkponiru or Mpi-mgbada, and Okpu Ona (brass cap); or adopting the names; 'Eze' 'Obi' and 'Igwe', which are no…

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