(2021) JELR 109201 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC.164/2009 ·  26 Mar 2021 ·  Nigeria
Olukayode Ariwoola, JSC Uwani Musa Abba Aji, JSC Mohammed Lawal Garba, JSC Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji, JSC Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, JSC
Core Terms Beta
public officers protection act
1st-3rd respondents
3rd respondents
lower court
preliminary objection
public officer
wuye district
trial court
statement of defence
2nd respondent
justices of the court of appeal
land use act
notice of revocation
unknown persons
4th respondent
federal high court
lead judgment
letter of offer of terms
cardinal issues
case of the appellant
decision of the trial court
leading judgment
plots of land
public duty
statement of claim
appellant's architect
appellant's case
complete disregard
determination of this appeal
development of the land
fresh issue of law
further order nullifying
governor of ekiti state
identity of the 4th respondent
jurisdiction of the trial court
laws of the federation of nigeria
learned counsel
mary ukaego peter-odili
revocation of the appellant
said parcel of land
submissions of counsel
trial judge
uwani musa abba aji

UWANI MUSA ABBA AJI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Appellant was allocated plots of land measuring about 8000m2 delineated as Plots 216, 217, 218, 219, 225, 226, 227, 228, Wuye District, Abuja, vide a letter of offer of Terms of Grant/Conveyance of approval dated 4/1/1995 as shown at page 8 of the record. The acceptance was made after 36 days by the Appellant and submitted same to the 1st-3rd Respondents. See pages 8 and 9 of the record. The design of the building was carried out by the Appellant's architect but the development of the land was stalled because infrastructures were yet to be in place and the Certificate of Occupancy was not yet issued. In the interim, the Appellant on 18/10/2000 noticed that some unknown persons herein referred to as the 4th Respondent, took possession of the land and dug foundation to commence development thereon. Inquiries made at the office of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to ascertain the identity of the 4th Respondent failed. Besides,…

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