The Decision Of The Supreme Court Case Of Ukeje V. Ukeje In Relation To Igbo Customary Law

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The Decision Of The Supreme Court Case Of Ukeje V. Ukeje In Relation To Igbo Customary Law


Table of Content


  • Title Page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Cases
  • Test of Statutes
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Abstract

Chapter One

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background to the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of the Problem
  • 1.3 Research Question
  • 1.4 Objectives of the Study
  • 1.5 Research Methods
  • 1.6 Significance of the Study
  • 1.7 Scope of the Study
  • 1.8 Limitation of the Study

Chapter Two

Literature Review

  • 2.1 Conceptual Review
  • 2.1.1 Igbo Customary Law
  • 2.1.2 Gender Equality
  • 2.1.3 Inheritance Rights
  • 2.2 Empirical Review
  • 2.2.1 Case Studies on Inheritance Disputes
  • 2.2.2 Socio-cultural Studies on Gender Dynamics
  • 2.2.3 Legal Precedents on Customary Law
  • 2.3 Theoretical Review
  • 2.3.1 Legal Pluralism
  • 2.3.2 Feminist Legal Theory

Chapter Three

Methodology

  • 3.1 Selection of Supreme Court Cases
  • 3.1.1 Criteria for Case Selection
  • 3.1.2 Justification for Selected Cases
  • 3.2 Data Collection Procedures
  • 3.2.1 Examination of Court Records
  • 3.2.2 Analysis of Legal Briefs
  • 3.2.3 Review of Judicial Opinions
  • 3.3 Analytical Framework
  • 3.3.1 Gender Equality Perspective
  • 3.3.2 Customary Law Analysis
  • 3.3.3 Human Rights Lens
  • 3.4 Case Analysis Methodology
  • 3.4.1 Identification of Legal Issues
  • 3.4.2 Assessment of Legal Arguments
  • 3.4.3 Application of Theoretical Frameworks

Chapter Four

Analysis of Supreme Court Cases

  • 4.1 Case Study 1: the Legacy of Okonkwo V. Ezeudu
  • 4.1.1 Overview of the Case
  • 4.1.2 Legal Issues Raised
  • 4.1.3 Analysis of Legal Arguments
  • 4.1.4 Application of Theoretical Frameworks
  • 4.1.5 Implications for Fictitious Customary Law and Gender Equality
  • 4.2 Case Study 2: the Dispute of Okafor V. Nwabueze
  • 4.2.1 Overview of the Case
  • 4.2.2 Legal Issues Raised
  • 4.3 Case Study 3: the Controversy of Anya V. Eke
  • 4.3.1 Overview of the Case
  • 4.3.2 Legal Issues Raised
  • 4.3.3 Analysis of Legal Arguments

Chapter Five

Findings, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Findings
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendation
  • Bibliography

Table of Cases


  • Ukeje v. Ukeje, (2014) LPELR-22696(SC).
  • Anyaegbunam v. Anyaegbunam, (1975) 2 SC.
  • Okonkwo v. Okagbue, (1979) 6 SC.
  • Okonkwo v. Okagbue, (1988) 4 NWLR (Pt. 89) 38.
  • Onwuama v. Ogbodo, (1977) 1 SC.
  • Okonkwo v. Okonkwo, (1989) 5 NWLR (Pt. 121) 79.
  • Onugha v. Onugha, (1992) 7 NWLR (Pt. 252) 90.
  • Maduagwuna v. Maduagwuna, (1993) 7 NWLR (Pt. 305) 393.
  • Osadebay v. Osadebay, (1960) 5 FSC 11.
  • Ogbodo v. Ogbodo, (1962) 1 ANLR 116.
  • Ezewelu v. Ezewelu, (1986) 2 NWLR (Pt. 21) 232.
  • Nzekwu v. Nzekwu, (1976) 11 SC.
  • Ezeonu v. Ezeonu, (1974) 2 SC.
  • Ezeonu v. Ezeonu, (2000) 12 NWLR (Pt. 681) 525.
  • Okafor v. Okafor, (1967) NMLR 283.
  • Agu v. Agu, (1991) 1 NWLR (Pt. 168) 103.
  • Agu v. Agu, (1991) 5 NWLR (Pt. 191) 245.
  • Odimegwu v. Odimegwu, (2007) 10 NWLR (Pt. 1043) 521.
  • Obiagwu v. Okoye, (2015) LPELR-24355(CA).
  • Nwosu v. Nwosu, (2018) LPELR-44986(CA).

Test of Statutes


  • Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended).
  • Administration of Estates Law of Anambra State.
  • Customary Law of Inheritance (Eastern Nigeria) Law.
  • Matrimonial Causes Act, Cap M7, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
  • Child Rights Act, Cap C50, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
  • Gender and Equal Opportunities (GEO) Law.
  • Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Law.
  • Customary Court Law.
  • Legal Practitioners Act, Cap L11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
  • Land Use Act, Cap L5, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

List of Abbreviations


  • SC – Supreme Court
  • LPELR – Law Pavilion Electronic Law Report
  • NWLR – Nigerian Weekly Law Reports
  • – Part
  • FSC – Federal Supreme Court
  • ANLR – All Nigeria Law Reports
  • NMLR – Nigeria Monthly Law Reports
  • CA – Court of Appeal
  • Act – Act of Parliament
  • Cap – Chapter
  • Laws of the Federation of Nigeria – Compilation of Nigerian laws
  • GEO – Gender and Equal Opportunities
  • – Matrimonial
  • – Customary
  • – Marriage
  • – Divorce
  • Law Reform – Legal system improvement laws
  • Land Use – Regulation of land ownership and use
  • Legal Practitioners Act – Legislation governing legal professionals
  • Child Rights Act – Legislation protecting the rights of children

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