(1989) JELR 50562 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.47/1986 ·  17 Feb 1989 ·  Nigeria
Other Citations
Sketch v. Ajagbemokeferi (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.100)678 (1989) 2 SC Pt II 73
Sketch v. Ajagbemokeferi (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt. 100) 678
ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria CHUKWUDIFU AKUNNE OPUTA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ABDUL GANIYU OLATUNJI AGBAJE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria EBENEZER BABASANYA CRAIG Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
2nd defendant
statement of claim
learned trial judge
1st defendant
defamatory meaning
court of appeal
matter of public interest
photograph of the plaintiff
fair comment
voice of islam
said almanac
following words
proper person
yoruba language
ayorinde j.
chieftaincy title of otun balogun oniwasu
chieftaincy titles of impostors
muslim religion
reasonable people
reason of the publication of the words
said words
word of anobi
copies of the said almanac
great muslim evangelist
leader of the muslim community
learned counsel
muslim world
chieftaincy title of the second
consist of statements of facts
decision of the trial court
fair bonafide comment
following facts
following paragraphs of his statement of claim
high court of justice of oyo state
ibadan judicial division
instance of the 2nd defendant
issue of quantum of damages
leading judgment
lead judgment of that court
only issue
pieces of evidence
publication of the words
test of the ordinary person
trial of the case
undiscredited evidence of p.w.1

WALI, J.S.C. (Delivering The Leading Judgment): In the High Court of justice of Oyo State, Ibadan Judicial Division, the Plaintiff sued the Defendants in Suit No. 1/259/78 claiming for damages for libel falsely and maliciously published of and concerning him in a 1979 almanac called "Voice of Islam" by the 1st Defendant at the instance of the 2nd Defendant. Pleadings were ordered, delivered and exchanged. In that Plaintiff's Statement of Claim, he alleged that the Defendants defamed him by falsely and maliciously printing and publishing of and concerning him in a 1474 Almanac called "Voice of Islam" as revealed hereunder in the following paragraphs of his Statement of Claim:-

"(5) The Plaintiff is a great Muslim Evangelist and preacher and has his reputation throughout the Muslim world as a prolific preacher and converter of many people to Islam through his preaching, that he was nicknamed and called Ajagbemokeferi, meaning that his vocality to pagans has converted many to the Muslim …

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