LAND LAW – LIS PENDENS – What is the purpose of the doctrine of lis pendens

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“In lis pendens, the law does not allow litigant parties or give to them during the currency of the litigation involving any property, rights in such property in dispute so as to prejudice any of the litigating parties. For it would be plainly impossible that any action or suit could be brought to a successful termination if alienation pendente lite were allowed to prevail. See Per KATSINA-ALU, JSC, in OLORI MOTOR COMPANY LTD. & ORS V. UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC (2006) LPELR-2589(SC) (PP. 22 PARAS. C). The sole purpose of lis pendens is to ensure that the jurisdiction of the Court, in disputes, is not rendered ineffectual through the destruction or transfer from person to person of the property subject to litigation. See Per OGUNTADE, JSC, in OLORI MOTOR COMPANY LTD. & ORS V. UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC (SUPRA) (PP. 44-45 PARAS. F).” Per UWANI MUSA ABBA AJI, JSC in OHAEGBU & ORS v. REGD TRUSTEES OF THE CAPUCHIN FRIARS MINOR NIGERIA (2022-LCER-46522-SC) (Pp 10 – 10; Paras B – F)

FANYAM v. GOV. OF BENUE STATE & ORS (2022-LCER-46523-SC)

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