(1998) JELR 45677 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.280/1989 ·  18 Dec 1998 ·  Nigeria
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Godwin v. C.A.C. (1998) 14 NWLR (Pt.584)162
Godwin v. C.A.C. (1998) 14 NWLR (Pt. 584) 162
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 EMANUEL OBIOMA OGWUEGBU Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria SYLVESTER UMARU ONU Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
bank accounts
accounting party
court of appeal
employee of the plaintiffs
eastern district
grounds of appeal
leading judgment
learned counsel
learned trial judge
new point
property of the church
account of all monies
anambra state
area treasurer of the christ apostolic church
commerce bank ltd. okpara avenue
credit of the church
findings of the learned trial judge
members of the christ apostolic church
official seal of the church
personal custody of the defendant
african continental bank ltd. uwani
alternative submit
assistant general superintendent of the said church
briefs of argument
brief statement of the facts
broad question
church properties
claims of the plaintiffs
enugu high court
first duty
following issues
fresh point
grounds of appeal raise issues
joinder of other signatories
oil tile evidence
order of court
pastor of the church
plaintiffs of the balance
rules of this court
see dadwell v
worship of the said members

OGWUEGBU, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The plaintiffs sued the defendant in the Enugu High Court claiming :-

(a) An order of court compelling the defendant to render an account and hand over to the plaintiff all the property of the church which came into his possession by virtue of his employment in the church including the official seal of the church, motor vehicles, office equipment, files, books, records, electric generating plant, loudspeakers, et cetera, a list of which was filed with the plaintiffs' statement of claim dated 5th September. 1980.

(b) An account of all monies standing to the credit of the church both in the bank and in the personal custody of the defendant and/or his treasurer as at the 29th of November. 1979 and payment over to the plaintiffs of the balance so found.

(c) An injunction restraining the defendant by himself or through his servants, agents and privies from molesting the members of the Christ Apostolic Church in any or their churches and p…

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