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(1997) JELR 45472 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.199/1992 ·  6 Jun 1997 ·  Nigeria
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Lawson v Ajibulu (1997) 6 NWLR (Pt.507)
Lawson v. Ajibulu (1997) 6 NWLR (Pt. 507) 14
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE 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 SYLVESTER UMARU ONU Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria YEKINI OLAYIWOLA ADIO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

Ratio Decidendi

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2nd defendant
2nd defendants
4th defendants
ogun state government
public purpose
1st defendant
learned trial judge
parcel of land
public lands acquisition law
said piece of land
amended statement of claim
lands registry
plaintiff's title
deed of conveyance
laws of western nigeria
ogun state
act of trespass
egbado division of ogun state of nigeria
learned judge
deed of lease
hearing of this case
high court
lead judgment
public lands acquisition law cap
total area
3rd defendants
abuse of the process of the court
chief adeyemi lawson
clear challenge
cogent evidence
final pleadings
following grounds
following passage
housing ogun state
inconclusive evidence of family lineage
leading judgment
ogun state government of any intention
owner of the parcel of land
ownership of the said piece of land
part of the acquired land
plaintiff chief a.a. ajibulu
private individual
purported acquisition of the said piece of land
pursuance of the lease
strength of his own case
subject matter of the lease

OGUNDARE, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The plaintiff Chief A.A. Ajibulu who is a legal practitioner, in 1975 bought a piece or parcel of land measuring 15.05 acres from the Aina Ala Adeniyi families of Agbara village. He affixed on the land a signboard bearing his names as the owner. He later noticed that Chief Adeyemi Lawson was encroaching on the land. Chief Lawson approached him to sell the land to the latter but plaintiff refused. The land was later acquired by the Ogun State Government and released to Chief Lawson's company for development. Plaintiff then instituted his action, first against Chief Lawson alone and, at subsequent stages in the proceedings, he joined Chief Lawson's Company - Lawson and Company (Nigeria) Limited as 2nd defendant and the Commissioner for Lands and Housing Ogun State and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ogun State as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.

In his final pleadings that went to trial, plaintiff averred, inter al…

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