(2001) JELR 44290 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/B/268/92 ·  5 Jul 2001 ·  Nigeria
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Punch Nig. Ltd. v. Eyitene (2002) 2 NWLR (Pt 750)228
NIKI TOBI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria BABA ALKALI BA' ABA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria KUMAI BAYANG AKAAHS Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
learned trial judge
said publication
trial court
anambra state
commissioner of police
statement of claim
ground of appeal
favour of the plaintiff
leading judgment
statement of defence
award of damages
force headquarters
much emphasis
people of anambra state
sum of n1,000,000.00
assistant inspector general of police
certificate of service of the plaintiff
exhibits d3
following reliefs
judgment of the trial court
respect of the appeal
address of counsel
brief facts of the case of the plaintiff
chairman of the defunct npn
conclusion of the evidence of the parties
crucial factor
delta state of nigeria
exhibit d4
following issues
front page comment
high court of the defunct bendel state
kind of reputation
learned trial judge din
mr. adebayo osuntogun
notice of appeal
ordinary man
punch vol.
rank of commissioner of police
records of the plaintiff
resignation of sunday adewusi
result of the said publication
retired superior police officer
sad memories of state police commissioners
submission of the learned counsel

BA' ABA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The plaintiff, now respondent took out a writ of summons in the High Court of the defunct Bendel State now Delta State of Nigeria, sitting at Warri, in which the following reliefs were claimed against the defendants now the appellants, jointly and severally,

"For the sum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) being damages for libel falsely and maliciously published through out the Federal Republic of Nigeria and far beyond by the defendants of and concerning the plaintiff in and contained on page 1 of the Punch Vol. 8 No. 14, 146 of Monday, 16th January, 1984 captioned FRONT PAGE COMMENT, Sad memories of State Police Commissioners, accusing the plaintiff of bastardizing democratic institutions including the judiciary in Anambra State, and imposing his party on the people of Anambra State."

The plaintiff/respondent also cross-appealed against the judgment of the trial court.

Pleadings were ordered, filed and exchanged and amended. The d…

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