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BAKARE
V.
IBRAHIM

(1973) JELR 46149 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.280/1971 ·  27 Jun 1973 ·  Nigeria
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(1973) All N.L.R 653 Bakare v. Ibrahim (1973) 6 S.C. 147
CORAM
GEORGE BAPTIST AYODOLA COKER Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DANIEL O. IBEKWE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria

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Core Terms Beta
plaintiff
express malice
malice
learned trial judge
plea of fair comment
case
statement of claim
particulars of the facts
fair comment
members of the public
present case
qualified privilege
said words
defence of fair comment
presumption of malice
said alhaji ado ibrahim
2nd defendants
accredited member of the said kifi limited
ado ibrahim ltd.
alhaji ado ibrahim
application of mr. davis
articles of kifi ltd.
chairman of the board of directors
chief f.r.a. williams
chief s. b. bakare
company director
decision of the learned trial judge
effect means
erie c. j.
following exhibits
following words
instance of the 1st defendant
issue of 2nd defendant
lagos high court
lagos state
leading judgment
lord porter
mr. l.v. davis
only ground of appeal
ordinary meaning of the said words
plaintiffs claim
publication of the words
reputable presumption of malice
said facts
statement of fact
strict sense
such contributions
sufficient care
support of their defence
vaughan williams

D. IBEKWE, AG. J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The plaintiffs claim before the Lagos High Court in Suit LD/618/68 was for "damages for libel" contained in a newspaper known as the "West African Pilot" of 29th August, 1968 printed and published by the 2nd defendants, at the instance of the 1st defendant.

By his statement of claim the plaintiff (herein respondent) alleged that the defendants defamed him in that they falsely and maliciously printed and published of and concerning him the plaintiff, the words following which are set out in paragraphs 10, 11 and 12 of the statement of claim:

"10. In the issue of 2nd defendant's newspaper, the West African Pilot, of 29th August, 1968 the defendants falsely and maliciously printed and published of and concerning the plaintiff on the front page the following words, that is to say

WARNING

IT HAS COME TO MY NOTICE THAT ONE ALHAJI ADO IBRAHIM OF 17 MARTINS STREET, LAGOS, AND OF 15 THORBURN AVENUE, YABA, LAGOS, TRADING UNDER THE NAME STY…

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