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ARAKA v. EGBUE
CITATION: (2003) LPELR-sc.167/1999
  OTHER CITATIONS:
1 ARAKA v. EGBUE (2003) 17 NWLR (PT.848)1
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ISSUE
 
DUTY OF COURT: Whether it is the function of the court to supply omissions in statutes
   
PRINCIPLE
 
"It is not the function of the court to supply omissions in statutes and thereby embark on judicial legislation: Olowu v. Abolore (1993) 5 NWLR (Pt. 293) 255 at p.278; Osho v. Philips (1972) 4 SC 252. The provision under consideration, that is, section 97(2)(c) of the Evidence Act (supra) has been judicially considered in several decisions of this court: see the Minister of Lands Western Nigeria v. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1969) 1 All NLR 49; Onobruchere v. Esegine (1986) 1 NWLR (Pt. 19) 799: Nzekwu v. Nzekwu (1989) 2 NWLR (Pt. 104) 373 to mention but a few. The decisions in these cases are consistent that only a certified copy is admissible as secondary evidence to prove the contents of a public document. Those decisions cannot be faulted." Per EDOZIE JSC. (P. 37, paras. C-G)
   
CASES CITED ON ISSUE
 
  1. Olowu v. Abolore (1993) 5 NWLR (Pt. 293) 255 at p.278

  2. Osho v. Philips (1972) 4 SC 252

  3. the Minister of Lands Western Nigeria v. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1969) 1 All NLR 49

  4. Onobruchere v. Esegine (1986) 1 NWLR (Pt. 19) 799

  5. Nzekwu v. Nzekwu (1989) 2 NWLR (Pt. 104) 373
   
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