Ratio Decidendi



AFRICAN NEWSPAPERS OF NIGERIA LTD.
V.
COKER

(1973) JELR 44437 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.143/1970 ·  11 May 1973 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
(1973) ANLR 479 (1973) 5 S.C. 180
CORAM
TASLIM OLAWALE ELIAS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria UDO UDOMA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DAN IBEKWE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
saville tribunal report
government of lagos state
federal military government
fair comment
judgment of the learned trial judge
city treasurer of the lagos city council
judgment of the high court of lagos state
claim of the plaintiff
appointment of mr. fashinro
findings of a commission of inquiry
issues of the daily newspaper
said plaintiff
reports of commissions of inquiry
mr. coker
morning post
federal government
nigerian tribune
main defence
act of corruption
learned trial judge
fair comments
mr. fashinro
press conference
course of the hearing evidence
governor of lagos state
exhibit e
town clerk of the lagos city council
statement of claim
plaintiff
lagos state military governor
reason of the said publications
reports of the enquiries
report of the tribunal of inquiry
comments of the federal military government
lagos state government
government papers
saville commission of inquiry
report of the saville tribunal of inquiry
public posts
administrative officer
subject matter of the action
defamatory words
case of mr. fashinro
colonel mobolaji johnson
publishers of the daily newspaper
5th february
said report of the saville tribunal of inquiry
exhibits

U. UDOMA, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal by the defendants in a libel suit wherein judgment was entered for the plaintiff therein. The appeal is against the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State in suit No. LD/90/69 in which the claim of the plaintiff against the defendants was for a total sum of 25,000 pounds damages for defamatory words falsely and maliciously published by the defendants of and concerning the plaintiff (and also of the plaintiff in the way of his profession and office) in the issues of the daily newspaper known as Nigerian Tribune on the dates and under the captions hereunder appearing as specified in the particulars endorsed on the writ of summons.

Pleadings, having been ordered, were duly filed and delivered.

In his statement of claim, the plaintiff averred that he is and was at all material times the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in the Government of Lagos State, having formerly held office as City Treasurer of the Lagos C…

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