GRACE AMANAMBU V ALEXANDER OKAFOR

(1966) JELR 80458 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC. 278/1965 ·  1 Jul 1966 ·  Nigeria
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(1966) 1 All NLR 205 at 207
CORAM
BAIRAMIAN, JUSTICE,SUPREME COURT ONYEAMA, JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT AJEGBO, JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT
Core Terms Beta
eastern nigeria
northern nigeria
action
claim
fatal accidents law
appeal
compensation
onitsha
plaintiff
court
damages
defendants
northern region
statement of claim
amendment
fatal accident law
nullity
order
respect
respect of an accident
reynolds
behalf of the defendants
case
claim of damages
driver
drivers address
fatal accident
fatal accident law northern region
fatal accidents law of eastern nigeria
fatal accidents law of northern nigeria
high court
judge
judgement of the court
learned trial judge
motor accident
nature of the claim
none of the parties
northern legislature
order granting leave
owner of the offending vehicle
owners
particulars of the persons
persons
plaintiffs
present case
proper course
question of the jurisdiction of the high court
statement of defence
stephen olisadebe amanambu
western nigeria

ONYEAMA, J.S.C. (Delivering the judgement of the Court)

The plaintiff claimed to be the widow of one Stephen Olisadebe Amanambu who died as a result of injuries he received in a motor accident which occurred on the 6th of March, 1960, between Lokoja and Okene in Northern Nigeria, and brought an action to recover damages for herself and other persons said to be dependants of the deceased.

The action was commenced in the High Court at Onitsha in Eastern Nigeria and was for ‘damages under the Fatal Accidents Law, Northern Region, 1956.’ The particulars of the persons for whose benefit the action was brought and of the nature of the claim in respect of which damages were sought were ‘pursuant to the Fatal Accident Law, N.R., 1956:’ (meaning Northern Region.)

The defendants were the driver and the owner of the offending vehicle, the drivers address was given as Cable Point, Asaba, in Mid-Western Nigeria and the owners as 64 Iweka Road, Onitsha, in Eastern Nigeria.

None of the parties resides i…

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