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NEW FACTS SHOULD NOT BE INTRODUCED IN THE COURSE OF REPLY BY THE PETITIONER

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By the provision of paragraph 16(1) (a) above reproduced, a petitioner is permitted to file a reply if the Respondent to the petition in his reply raises new issues of fact in defence of his case which the petition has not dealt with, but in doing so, the Petitioners’ reply shall not bring in new facts, grounds or prayer which tend to amend or add to the contents of the petition. See MADUABUM V NWOSU (SUPRA).

— K.M. Akano, J. Edeoga v Mbah (2023) – EPT/EN/GOV/01/2023

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