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(1982) JELR 46390 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.16/1982 ·  3 Dec 1982 ·  Nigeria
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AYO GABRIEL IRIKEFE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MOHAMMED BELLO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria CHUKWUNWEIKE IDIGBE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria KAYODE ESO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria AUGUSTINE NNAMANI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

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C. IDIGBE, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The issues which bring the parties herein to the courts below and now to this court are whether,

(a) the Customary Courts (Revocation of Appointments of Presidents and Members) Order 1979 published as B.S.L.N. 1 of 1980 (hereinafter referred to as "Revocation Order") purporting to revoke the appointment of the appellant as a member of Oredo Grade II Customary Court No. 1 in Oredo Local Government Area of Bendel State of Nigeria and to remove the plaintiff from office as a member of the said Customary Court is lawful, constitutional and valid? and

(b) the appellant is still a member of the Customary Court aforesaid and entitled to his normal salaries and/or benefits?

The issues arose in this way: Following a publication in the Nigerian Observer of the 10th day of July, 1978, calling for applications for the positions of Presidents and members of the customary courts in Bendel State, the appellant who applied for the post of a member o…

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