Below are the particulars of some of the celebrated cases the Firm participated in, within the last five (5) years:

  1. NACEEN NIGERIA LIMITED V. BEWAC AUTOMATIC PRODUCERS LIMITED (2011) 11 NWLR (PT 1257) SC/47/2005
  • Issues resolved in the matter:
  1. Whether upon the evidence on record, the Appellant was entitled to the replacement cost of their trucks or actual values in an action in detinue?
  2. What is the nature and measure of damages recoverable in an action in detinue?
  3. Whether an action in detinue is an action in rem or in personam, and the distinction between detinue and conversion?

 

This matter revisited the thorny issue of what is the value of chattel/good in an action in detinue. Prior to this judgment in this matter, the law is that the Plaintiff is entitled to the value of goods at the date of judgment. This position of law led the Appellants in using replacement cost basis in asking for damages. This decision in NACEEN V. BEWAC is clearly an authority that it is the replacement cost that is the basis of damage rather than actual value of the good at the time of wrongful detinue.

 

  1. GOODWILL & TRUST INVESTMENT LIMITED AND ANOR V. WITT & BUSCH LIMITED reported (2011) 8 NWLR (PT. 1250) SUIT NO: SC/266/2005
  • Issues resolved in the matter:
  1. What constitutes proof of Company and on who lays the onus of establishing legal personality of a Company?
  2. Whether a Certificate of Incorporation shown at trial but not tendered can be considered by an Appellate Court?
  3. The distinction between evidence not admissible at all and evidence admissible in certain circumstance and the effect of each.

The Appellant as the Plaintiff at the trial Court sought to lead evidence to establish its justice personality. The Appellant’s witness gave oral evidence as to the oral personality. The original Certificate was shown to the witness who acknowledged it but for some inexplicable reason, the Appellant did not tender the original but rather tendered a photocopy of same certified by the Court registrar instead of the Registrar of Companies at the Corporate Affairs Commission. The matter completely resolved that it is only the Public Official who has the custody of a Public Document that can certify same and not any Public Officer.

 

  1. CHRISTOPHER OBUEKE & ORS V. N. N. NNAMCHI & ORS reported (2012) 12 NWLR (PT. 1314) SUIT NO: SC/106/2006
  • Issues resolved in matter:
  1. Whether continuing trespass is actionable at the instance of the land holder?
  2. Whether the Court can grant relief not sought by for the parties?
  3. What is the effect of previous bonding document between parties?

 

This is a community land matter within Enugu in which the Appellant went and appropriated a large piece of Communal Land under the guise that the Community made a grant to him. Trial Court found that no such grant was made and did the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The matter clearly reinforced the principle that continuing trespass is actionable per se.

 

Furthermore, the Firm has done extensive Consultancy jobs for several Oil and Energy Companies but is restrained from displaying particulars of same as they are governed by non disclosure agreements given the sensitivity of the subject matter.

The firm is also currently handling some matters for and against some banking/financial institutions which include but not limited to the following cases:-

 

  1. O/302/2009 Cyriacus Onyedika V. Access  Bank  Plc & Anor
  2. FCT/CV/1646/16 Emeka Mozie V. Access Bank Plc
  3. O/585/2000 ukpaka & Anor V. NDIC & Eco Bank Plc.
  4. O/ 39/ 2016 Umeugo & Anor V. Union Bank Plc.
  5. HID/79/2016 New Auto Spare Parts V. Skye Bank & Ors.
  6. O/302/2009 amcon V. Onyedika Cyriacus & Anor.
  7. O/MISC/657/2017 Umeugo v. Access Bank Plc.