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British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos Dragged to Court Over Breach of Contract

A limited liability company A. Johnson &sons Nigeria Limited has instituted N17,988.000 million suit against the British Deputy High Commissioner Lagos Nigeria, Mr Kay Kyles over an alleged breach of contract. 
      Joined as co -defendant in the ensuing legal battle is Her Britannic Majesty 's Secretary of State for foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
        In a written statement made on oath by the Managing Director of the Plaintiff company, Mr Monday Johnson and filed before the court by a Lagos lawyer Barrister Ubong -Abas Inyang the deponent averred  that on 5th of February, 2008 he had a contract with the defendants relating to the provision of gardening, grounds maintenance and household handymen to provide maintenance services at various offices and residences in and around Lagos. The said contract emanates from similar past activities of a commercial nature existing between the Plaintiff and the defendants, and this commercial relationship extend to the area of diesel supply, waste disposal, gardening and related horticultural services. 
    The contract was supposed to run for a period one year with three months notice to be given to the plaintiffs whenever the contract is to be determined,but such notice was never given  to the Plaintiff before it was unilaterally determined by the defendants 
      When the contract was unilaterally terminated by the defendants, the staffs trained by the Plaintiff were re -engaged to continue to provide the same services at the defendants various offices and residences in and around Lagos on the pretext that those staffs were recruited by the new contractor, whereas the defendants were yet to settle the outstanding four months due   owed to the Plaintiff for the just terminated contract for the provision of Gardens and Grounds, maintenance services on their properties in and around Lagos. 
       Mr Johnson contended that the defendants were in breach of the contract by the manner they unilaterally terminated the contract without giving him three months notice as agreed under the general conditions of the contract. 
      The Plaintiff averred furher that he had suffered damages, the total cost being accessed to be the sum of N17,988,000,the Plaintiff has made several attempt to resolve the matter amicably with the defendants but to no avail, consequence of which he engaged the services of Messers Dayspring  law firm to recover the money. 
     Consequently the Plaintiff claim against the defendants is the sum of, N17,988,000.
      However in motion filed before the court on behalf of Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State for foreign and Commonwealth affairs by Harry  Ukaejiofor, the defendant is urging the court to strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction, on the ground that the claim of the Plaintiff as constituted in its statement of claim arises and relates to breach of a simple contract, which the Federal high court  does not have jurisdiction over matter arising from simple contracts 
       The presiding judge, Oluremi Oguntoyinbo has adjourned till 26th of June, 2018 for hearing. 

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