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OMNIBUS RELIEF IS WORTHLESS

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In Oye v. Gov. of Oyo State (1993) NWLR Pt. 306, 437 at 452, the Court held thus: “The omnibus relief ‘such further or other orders as this honorable Court may deem necessary to make in the circumstances’ does not constitute a specific or known prayer and is therefore worthless as it is not the business of the Court to tell an applicant what relief he may contemplate but not seek.”

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A COURT SHOULD NOT GRANT TO A PARTY RELIEF NOT ASKED FOR

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COURT IS BOUND WITHIN THE RELIEFS CLAIMED

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COURT SHOULD NOT AWARD RELIEFS NOT CLAIMED BY PARTIES

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