(1979) JELR 45929 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.133/1976 ·  20 Apr 1979 ·  Nigeria
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(1979) All N.L.R 65 Okafor v. Ikeayi (1979) 3-4 S.C. 65
GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MOHAMMED BELLO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria KAYODE ESO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
statement of claim
learned judge
learned trial judge
ordinary man
material facts
ordinary meaning
inter alia
reasonable man
stage of the proceedings
business letter
east-central state
enugu agidi community
high court rules
market place
natural meaning
particulars of error
party pleading
above requirement of the law
amendment of a statement of claim
appellant leave
back page of the said paper
chief s.o.n. okafor deposed
contents of the said publication
daily newspaper
enugu agidi
enugu agidi commmunity
exact words of the publication
exercise of discretionary powers
eyes of reasonable men
final result
following ground
group of persons
heading of an alleged libellous publication
leading judgment
leave of the court
lord reis
lord williams nevil v
order xxxiii rules
ordinary meaning of words
particulars of the newspapers
provisions of the following rules
real question
recent case
sandless universal products
submission of counsel
such amendments
witnesses of the parties

M. BELLO, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant in this appeal was the plaintiff in the High Court of the former East-Central State in which he claimed from the respondents, who were the defendants in the action, as follows:

"In a daily newspaper called The Renaissance published on Thursday, May 23,1974 and circulated throughout Nigeria including Onitsha within jurisdiction, the defendants at the back page of the said paper jointly published of and concerning the plaintiff a notice headed "Chief S.O.N. Okafor Deposed" (NB. the full text will be set out in the pleadings). Both the heading and the contents of the said publication are false and malicious and were calculated to, and indeed put the plaintiff to, shame and ridicule and lowered his esteem in the society. The plaintiff therefore claims from the defendants jointly and severally the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira as general damages for libel. "

Pleadings having been ordered were duly filed and delivered. After th…

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