JURISDICTION – Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court – Simple Contracts – Whether Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court covers simple contracts and or negligence:


“The issue the appeal raises, the question of the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court over matters of simple contracts, has long been settled. Simply put, Section 251 of the 1999 Constitution as amended which prescribes the jurisdiction of the Court does not cover simple contract and or negligence emanating from such a contract that forms the subject matter of the instant matter. See Onuorah V. Kaduna State Refinery and Petro Chemical Company (2005) 6 NWLR (Pt 921) 391, Ports and Cargo Handling Services Company Lt & ors V. Migfo Nigeria Ltd & Anor (2012) LPELR-9725 (SC).” Per MUHAMMAD, J.S.C. in RAHMAN BROTHERS LTD V. N. P. A. (2019-LCER-36881-SC) (P. 7, Para. F.)

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