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AFRICAN NEWSPAPERS LTD & ANOR V.MR. JACOB O. AKANO

(2011) JELR 33498 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/I/180/05  •  26 May 2011  •  Nigeria

Coram
SIDI DAUDA BAGE JCA; MODUPE FASANMI JCA; JOSEPH SHAGBAOR IKYEGH JCA;

Judgement

JOSEPH SHAGBAOR IKYEGH, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On 19.4.2004, the High Court of Justice of Oyo State sitting at Ibadan (Olakanmi, C.J.) entered judgment for respondent against appellants in a claim for wrongful dismissal from employment brought by the former against the latter, agitating the present appeal.

The evidence before the court below as sifted from the bundle of documents compiled by appellants with the leave of the Court granted on 28.2.08, comprising the pleadings, the judgment appealed against and the notice of appeal, indicated respondent was at all material times in the confirmed employment of appellants as a circulation manager (Night Duty) he served in various capacities and in several parts of Nigeria until 14.12.1988, when appellants dismissed him from service on the allegation of stealing fifty (50) copies of the Nigerian Tribune newspaper; an allegation respondent had vehemently denied.

The court below heard evidence, admitted some documents as Ex…

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