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CHIEF F.R.A. WILLIAMS
V.
DAILY TIMES OF NIGERIA LTD.

(1990) JELR 63411 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  S.C. 21/1987 ·  9 Jan 1990 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
Williams v. Daily Times (1990) 1 NWLR (Pt.124) 1 (1990) 1 All N.L.R 1 (1990) 1 S.C 23
CORAM
MOHAMMED BELLO, CJN ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI, JSC KAYODE ESO, JSC AUGUSTINE NNAMANI, JSC MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS, JSC SAIDU KAWU, JSC ABDUL GANIYU OLATUNJI AGBAJE, JSC

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KAYODE ESO J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Judgment): This is a well argued appeal. We had the advantage of two top Senior Advocates (though one of them was a party to the action and therefore he appeared in person) excellent briefs and excellent oral submissions. Again two very important issues have been raised to wit:-

(1) whether or not a ‘Respondents Notice” and not a substantive “Notice of Cross Appeal” is the proper procedure for contending that a finding or determination which is crucial or fundamental to the Respondent’s case be reversed; and

(2) in regard to the assessment of aggravated damages, what should the Court take or not take into consideration?

It is however necessary to trace the history of the case up to this court. I rely on what I consider to be a concise and correct assemblage of the facts by the Court of Appeal per Adenekan Ademola, J.C.A.:

“Chief F.R.A. Williams, S.A.N., commenced the action in the Lagos High Court where he claimed the sum of ₦250,000.00 as exemplary …

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