(1997) JELR 46340 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.218/1994 ·  10 Feb 1997 ·  Nigeria
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Mil. Gov., Imo State v. Nwauwa (1997) 2 NWLR (Pt. 490) 675
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 YEKINI OLAYIWOLA ADIO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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traditional ruler
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imo state government
autonomous communities law
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lzombe autonomous community
members of the community
military governor of imo state
rules of natural justice
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case of chief jim nwobodo v
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decision of the trial high court
election petition
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popular support of his people
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M. E. OGUNDARE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The plaintiff (who is respondent in this appeal) was, at one time, the Eze (traditional ruler) of lzombe Autonomous Community in the Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta Local Government area of Imo State. He was so recognised by the Military Governor of Imo State by a certificate of recognition dated 8th day of July, 1979. Following allegations made against him by some members of the community which led to disturbances in the area on 12/12/87, the Military Governor in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Commission of Inquiries Law Cap 24 Laws of Eastern Nigeria Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communities Law, No.11 of 1981 appointed a Panel of Inquiry to investigate the allegations, particularly whether:

"1. The actions of Eze Nwauwa in the events that led to the disturbances in lzombe on 12th December, 1987 amounted to grave misconduct and in particular whether,

(i) Eze Nwauwa was irreconcilably in confrontation with lzombe Devel…

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