COURT – DUTY OF COURT – Whether a court of law has the legal duty to confine itself only to authorities cited by the parties:


“The reference made by the Court below to Sections 270 and 287 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) was not a fresh issue that required further address of counsel. The Court had no legal duty to confine itself to authorities cited or relied on by the parties. See ORUGBO V. UNA (2002) LPELR-2278 (SC); FINNIH V. IMADE (1992) 1 NWLR (PT. 219) 511. In its reliance on the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution, the Court below merely agreed with the 1st Respondent’s counsel (Appellant’s counsel before the Court below) that the judgment of a Court of competent jurisdiction is subsisting until set aside.” Per ADAMU JAURO, JSC in ADEGBANKE v. OJELABI & ORS (2021-LCER-40456-SC) (Pp 58 – 59 Paras E – A)

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