MISS NKIRU AMOBI v. MRS. GRACE O. NZEGWU & ORS

SUBJECT MATTER:

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE, PROBATE, INTERPRETATION OF STATUTES, LAW OF EVIDENCE

PLEADINGS- WHETHER PARTIES IN A CASE AND THE COURT ARE BOUND BY THE ISSUES SUBMITTED FOR TRIAL AND REMAIN SO BOUND FROM THE COURT OF TRIAL TO THE FINAL APPELLATE COURT

INTERFERENCE WITH DECISION OF TRIAL COURT- CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE AN APPELLATE COURT WOULD INTERFERE WITH THE DECISION OF A TRIAL COURT

ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION- WHETHER ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION IN AN APPEAL MUST FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL FILED

JURISDICTION- EFFECT OF A COURT DETERMINING A MATTER WITHOUT JURISDICTION

JURISDICTION- WHEN A COURT WILL HAVE JURISDICTION TO DETERMINE A MATTER

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE-WHETHER A COURT MAY EXERCISE ITS DISCRETION BY LIMITING GRANT AS IT SEES FIT WHERE AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT IS NOT SPECIFIC

RATIO DECIDENDI- MEANING OF “RATIO DECIDENDI”

“OBITER DICTUM”- MEANING OF AN “OBITER DICTUM”

RULES OF INTERPRETATION- WHETHER WHERE THE WORDS ARE CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS THEY MUST BE GIVEN THEIR NATURAL AND ORDINARY MEANING

INTERPRETATION OF THE PROVISION OF A STATUTE- WHETHER THE COURT AND LEARNED COUNSEL ARE ENTITLED TO READ INTO A PROVISION WHAT IT DOES NOT CONTAIN

“The law is settled that in construing the provisions of a statute, where the words are clear and unambiguous they must be given their natural and ordinary meaning, except where this would lead to absurdity or injustice.Per KEKERE-EKUN, JSC

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