TRIBUNAL – Tribunal of Inquiry – Whether a Town Clerk can by virtue of Section 18 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Decree of 1966 represent the Lagos City Council at a forthcoming Tribunal of Inquiry

10/07/2024

“We are satisfied that the plaintiff has made out his case that the Town Clerk had implied authority to brief Counsel under Section 170(2) unless there was a specific direction from the Council to the contrary which was never suggested was the case here. We think further that on the 20th of June, 1966, the Town Clerk was, by virtue of Section 18 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Decree of 1966 when read with Section 170(2) of the Lagos Local Government Act, 1959, entitled to represent the Lagos City Council at the then forthcoming Tribunal of Inquiry.”

Per IAN LEWIS, JSC in AJAYI V. LAGOS CITY COUNCIL (1969) LCER-515(SC) (Pp 18 – 19, Paras E – B)