21st Century Restatement of the principle in Kponuglo v. Kodadja


By Justice Alexander Osei Tutu


On 24th November 1933, the Privy Council delivered a decision that has had far reaching consequences on not only our jurisprudence but ‘British West Africa’ in general. The case was Abotche Kponuglo and Others v. Adja Kodadja1 (known in our law reports as ‘Kponuglo v. Kodadja’ and in this article as ‘the Kodadja case’).

The ratio of that decision is that where a person in a land suit claims damages for trespass and an injunction against further trespass, he puts his title in issue. Sound in reasoning and simple in construction, the principle was cited over and over again in our law courts with admirable ardour and enthusiastic fervour.

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