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(2002) JELR 44727 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/L/261/2000 ·  17 Oct 2002 ·  Nigeria
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Nas v. Adesanya (2003) 2 NWLR (Pt. 803)pg.97
Nas v. Adesanya (2003) 2 NWLR (Pt. 803) 97
GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria PIUS OLAYIWOLA ADEREMI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

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statement of claim
issue no.
official capacity
high court of lagos state
lagos state
press statement
17th february
appellant's brief
cause of action
civil procedure
provisions of order
public officer
16th february
brief of argument
client's brief
court of law
entire suit
federal minister
learned trial chief judge
private capacity
brief of argument of the appellant
british broadcasting corporation
chief judge of lagos state
contention of the appellant
copy of the lead judgment
court claiming
defamatory statement
false alarm
final result
following reliefs
following terms
immutable position of the law
jurisdiction of a trial
learned chief judge
mere uttering of defamatory words
nature of the claim
notice of appeal
order of injunction
personal capacity
radio interview
said defamation
said grounds of appeal
second part of issue no.
similar defamation
trial chief judge
trial court

ADEREMI, JCA (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the ruling of Hon. Justice C.O. Segun, Chief Judge of Lagos State as he then was, delivered on the 28th of March, 2000.

The respondent who was the plaintiff in that court claiming against the appellant who was the defendant in that court, the following reliefs:

(1) The sum of ₦50,000,000.00 (fifty million naira) against the defendant being general, aggravated and exemplary damages for the defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff made by the defendant in a radio interview he granted the British Broadcasting Corporation (B. B. C.) on 15th January, 1997 which interview was widely broadcast world wide and published in the 16th January, 1997 edition of THE PUNCH and other newspapers circulating within Lagos State and Nigeria generally; and the libel contained in a press statement issued by the defendant on 16th February, 1997 which said press statement was widely published in the 17th February, 1997 edition of …

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