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Appeal Court Reverses Benin Land Dispute Judgment

Posted: May 14, 2015 at 12:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo



THE Court of Appeal sitting in Benin has set aside the judgment Justice J.O. Omorodion of a Benin High Court which had ruled that the adjoining land to an “Igiogbe” remained part and parcel of the property situated at 32 Agbado Street, Benin City. “Igiogbe”, according to Benin Native Law and Custom, is the house where a deceased father lived, died and buried.

The Igiogbe is passed on to the eldest son by inheritance after he had performed his first and second burial rites, as well as Ekponmwen, which is the final rites. Appellants in the case are Messers Edomwonyi Aiguokunrueghian, Uhunmwenkpema Aiguokunrueghian and Monday Aiguokunrueghian.

On behalf of themselves and the children of Aiguokunrueghian, Taiwo Alegbesogie and Igbineweka Ogedegbe, having been dissatisfied with the judgment of the lower court over the land adjoining the Igiogbe, headed to the appellate court for adjudication through their counsel, Afolabi Olayiwola.

The appellate court in a landmark judgment delivered by Justice Hamma Akawu Barka and unanimously adopted by Justices Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Saulawa and Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu held: