PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – SIGNING OF COURT PROCESS(ES) – Effect of an improperly signed Court process(es)

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“I am in agreement that as the state of the law stands, the preliminary objection of the Respondent must be sustained and the appeal has to be struck out. I am reluctantly bound by the rule of stare decisis to follow the settled position of this Court that it is a matter of substantial law that any originating process or any process for that matter that violates Section 2(1) and Section 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act has robbed the Court of jurisdiction and whatever decision consequent on such violation would be a nullity. See OKAFOR V NWEKE (2007) 10 NWLR Pt. 1043 Pg. 521 and the plethora of authorities of this Court on that issue.” Per HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU, JSC in YONGO & ORS v. HAANONGON & ORS (2022-LCER-46535-SC) (Pp 19 – 20; Paras D – B)

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