Generally, as a matter of principle, once a document is pleaded and relevant it is admissible. Although, the issue of admissibility is governed by the Evidence Act, which is a Federal Legislation, any document or evidence admissible under the Evidence Act can be rendered inadmissible by the State Law, according to a plethora of cases decided by the Supreme Court.
This review will reveal that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the case of Abdullahi v Adetutu on the admissibility of unregistered title documents is the correct and true positon of the law. Furthermore, it seeks to lay to rest the issue on whether the provisions of existing State laws are inconsistent with the Evidence Act as stated by the Court in the case of Benjamin v Kalio, or whether the Evidence Act recognises the fact that, indeed another law can affect the admissibility of a document.
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