EDOZIE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): By a writ of summons in suit No. HU/4/85 filed on 4th February, 1985, in the then Cross River State High Court holden at Uyo, the people of Ndom Ebon represented by seven persons as plaintiffs took out an action against another group of seven persons being representatives of Ekeya Okobo community as defendants joining as 8th and 9th defendants respectively the Commissioner of Police Cross River State Command and the Inspector-General of Police. As articulated in paragraph 50 of the statement of claim, the reliefs sought are in the following terms:-
"50. Where for the plaintiffs claim against the defendants jointly and severally as follows:-
1. A declaration that the plaintiffs are rightful owners of the land in dispute and are entitled to the Customary Certificate of Occupancy over the land in dispute called 'ESUK INWANG OKON EYO'
2. N1,000,000.00 (One million Naira) being special and general damages for trespass.
3. A perpetual injunc…