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What happens where both parties laying claim to land fail to prove title to the Land

WHAT HAPPENS WHERE BOTH PARTIES LAYING CLAIM TO A LAND FAIL TO PROVE TITLE TO THE LAND?

GWAMILE v. IDIH & ANOR (2018) LPELR-44139(CA)

PRACTICE AREA: LAND LAW

INTRODUCTION

It is the law, that for a person to be entitled to the legal ownership of a land, he has to establish his root of title. There are five fundamental ways of proving title to land. A foremost authority, in which these prerequisites were prescribed, is the case of Idundun v. Okumagba (1976) 9-10 SC 227 where the Supreme Court prescribed five ways of proving title to land to be by traditional evidence; by document of title; by various acts of ownership numerous and positive and extending over a length of time as to warrant the inference of ownership; by act of lawful enjoyment and possession of the land; and by proof of possession of adjacent land in circumstances which render it probable that the owner of such land would in addition be the owner of the other land. Continue reading What happens where both parties laying claim to land fail to prove title to the Land