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Beware! ‘Precedent is falling down’

THE reader must be aware that Nigerian Law, just as the common law, thrives on judicial precedent. In a nutshell what the doctrine of judicial precedent presupposes is that there is a hierarchy of courts and that in the exercise of each court’s prerogative to hear and determine cases, what appears overriding is for each court to follow precedents either set by the court itself or the courts above it.

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