"SUBJECT TO" - INTERPRETATION OF "SUBJECT TO" IN SECTION 257(1) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, 1999 AS AMENDED   

 

Gbenga Babawibe
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09/09/2019 11:17 am  

"The words "subject to" which, in Section 257(1) of the Constitution, usher in "the provisions of Section 251 and any other provisions of this Constitution" are deliberately there to introduce a condition, a restriction, a limitation or proviso to intentionally subordinate the provisions of Section 257(1) to those other provisions of the Constitution. See Oke v. Oke (1994) 1 ALL NLR (pt.l) 443 at 450; NDIC V. Okem Enterprise Ltd & Anor (2004) 10 NWLR'(pt. 880)"' 107; FRN v. Osahon (2006) 5 NWLR (pt. 973) 261; Oloruntoba-Oju v. Abdul-Raheem (2009) 13 NWLR (pt. 1157) 83. This, however, does not mean the supritendency of the exclusive civil jurisdiction of the Federal High Court vested by Section 251(1) of the Constitution over other provisions". 

 

PER E.EKO J.S.C IN THE CASE SUNDAY GABRIEL EHINDERO V FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA & ANOR;LER(2018): SC. 137/2014


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