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ABOLADE M & ORS v. MESSRS CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED & ANOR

(2017) LPELR-43203(CA)

In The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

On Friday, the 27th day of October, 2017

CA/L/1076M/2014(R)


Before Their Lordships

MOHAMMED LAWAL GARBA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

YARGATA BYENCHIT NIMPAR Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

UGOCHUKWU ANTHONY OGAKWU Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria


Between

1. ABOLADE, M.
2. ADEYEMI, M. A.
3. ANAZIA, M.
4. ANYIGBO, J. O.
5. ARUWEI, I. W.
6. AYENI, O.
7. DADA, S. A.
8. EBULU, S. O.
9. EDAMA, A. U
10. EJUKONEMU, L
11. EREWA, A. O
12. EROMOSELE, F. O.
13. IRENONSE, S. O.
14. IRIMISOSE, M.
15. JAKPA, A. O.
16. MARTINS, I. O.
17. MBA, P. C.
18. NIKORO, D. O.
19. NWAMUO, D. D.
20. ODERINDE, B. O. A.
21. OFOARAMIEYERE, M.
22. OGBENI, R. S.
23. OHIAERI, O. O.
24. OLALEYE, A.J.
25. OLANIYAN, A.J.
26. OLOMA, G. O.
27. OYEWOLA, B. O.
28. PIRA, S. N.
29. SIFO, J.
30. SOBODU. C. O.
31. SONDE, A. O.
32. TEDEYE, O. S.
33. TUOYO, B. A. S.
34. ULORI, G. T.
35. UMUKPEDI, D. D. - Appellant(s)

AND

1. MESSRS CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED
2. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION - Respondent(s)


Summary

INTRODUCTION:
This is a Ruling on an Application for Extension of Time to Appeal.

FACTS:
The appellants/applicants prayed the appellate Court for the following reliefs:
"(1) An order extending the time within which the Applicants may appeal against the decision of the Hon. Justice M. O. Obadina sitting at the High Court of Lagos State, Lagos Judicial Division, contained in the Ruling delivered on the 2nd day of July, 2014 in Suit No:LD1388/2009.
(2) And for such further order or other orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances."

The grounds for the delay or failure by the Applicants to appeal against the Ruling of the High Court within time was based on:
(i) inability to obtain a certified true copy thereof due to delay is approval by the Registry of the High Court and strike action by members of staff of the High Court and
(ii) illness of Counsel.

A nineteen (19) paragraphs affidavit was filed in support of the application. A four (4) paragraphs counter affidavit was filed by the 1st respondent, in opposition to the application.

ISSUES:
The application was considered, utilizing the following sole issue for determination:
"Whether the Applicants have satisfied the requirements for a favourable exercise of the Court's discretion granting them extension of time within which to appeal."

DECISION/HELD:
The application was refused.


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