(2004) JELR 44984 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.17/2002 ·  23 Jan 2004 ·  Nigeria
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N.E.P.A. v. Ososanya (2004) 5 NWLR (Pt.867) 601 (2004) 1 S.C. (Pt 1) 159 (2004) 12 W.R.N 1 S.C
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria UTHMAN MOHAMMED Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria AKINTOLA OLUFEMI EJIWUNMI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DAHIRU MUSDAPHER Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
decree no.
appropriate authority
court of appeal
trial court
special provisions
directive of the appropriate authority
then head of state
head of state
federal high court
honourable minister of power
general sani abacha
chief of the armed forces of nigeria
clear evidence
decisions of the trial court
officer of nepa
provisions of the public officers
contents of the letters
exhibit ja
instant case
jurisdiction of the trial federal high court
learned justices of court of appeal
particular case
10th day of august
alhaji bashir mohammed dalhatu
appropriate termination
civil proceedings
consolidated appeals
decision of the trial court
decisions of jinadu
dismissal of the appointments of the respondents
employment of the defendant authority
entire facts of this case
first set of plaintiffs
hon. minister of power
judgment of the court of appeal
leading judgment
letter of the 8th august
matter of their termination
nullification of their respective termination
officer of the defendant authority
operation of this act
purported termination of the applicants
respective termination
said decree no.
written directive of the 8th august

IGUH, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, which had on the 28th day of September, 2000 dismissed two consolidated appeals by the defendant from the decisions of Jinadu, J. of the Federal High Court, Lagos delivered on the 2nd day of February, 1996 and the 23rd day of April, 1997 respectively. The Court of Appeal had affirmed the decisions of the trial court and held that the Federal High Court had jurisdiction to hear and determine the two suits instituted by the respondents, as plaintiffs/applicants, against the defendant, herein the appellant. The suits challenged the termination/dismissal of the appointments of the respondents by the appellant pursuant to the provisions of the Public Officers (Special Provisions) Decree No. 17 of 1984, hereinafter referred to as "Decree No. 17 of 1984."

The plaintiffs/applicants, 271 in all, had filed two actions in representative capacities challenging their respe…

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