FABUNMI
V.
AJAYI

(2007) JELR 51151 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/I/200/2000 ·  27 Sep 2007 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD JCA (Presided) AMINA ADAMU AUGIE JCA (Read the Lead Judgment) ALFRED PEARSON EYEWUMI AWALA JCA
Core Terms Beta
appellant
grounds of appeal
respondents
governor’s consent
issue
lower court
learned trial judge
professional fees
lead judgment
1st defendant
notice of appeal
preliminary objection
professional bill
said ground
legal practitioner
statement of defence
supreme court
exhibits b
housing estate
prior consent of the governor
provisions of land use act
sufficient particulars
abeokuta high court
a.c.b
additional ground of appeal
amount of indebtedness of the defendants
ample evidence
briefs of argument
consent fee
evidence of document
following authorities
following grounds
following statement of the lower court
issue of claim of professional fees
issuesfor determination
leave of this court
misconception of issues
particulars of misdirection
preparation of the documents
professional services
respondents’ counsel
said grounds of appeal
services of the appellant
sum of n275,000.00
sum of n3,250,000.00
totality of evidence
transfer of ownership agreement
trial court
worth n3,250,000.00

AUGIE JCA (Delivering the Lead Judgment): The appellant, who is a legal practitioner, was contracted by the respondents, a medical doctor and his wife, to search and negotiate for a building for use as a hospital. He was able to secure one at No. 5, Bankole Crescent, Housing Estate, Ibara, Abeokuta, for the sum of N3,250,000.00 (three million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira only). After paying for it, the appellant prepared the transfer of ownership agreement, collected the title deeds and passed them A on to the respondents. When he served them with his professional bill, the respondents paid a part of it and despite several demands, refused to pay the balance, whereupon the appellant filed an action at the Abeokuta High Court, wherein he claimed - “The sum of N275,000.00 (two hundred and seventy-five thousand naira) being the amount of indebtedness of the defendants to the plaintiff, as the plaintiff professional fees for professional services rendered to the defendants in a…

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