BABA ALKALI BA'ABA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Kaduna State High Court of Justice, Kaduna Judicial Division delivered on the 30th day of November, 2004.
The appellant by his paragraph 15 of his statement of claim, claimed as follows:-
"WHEREOF the Plaintiff claims against the Defendants jointly and severally as follows:-
(a) A Declaration that the words complained of, published by the Defendants of and concerning the Plaintiffs are defamatory of the Plaintiff.
(b) An Order of permanent injunction restraining the Defendants either by themselves or through their servants, agents, proxies or howsoever from any further publication of the words complained of or any similar libelous words about the Plaintiff.
(c) The sum of ₦10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) only being exemplary and/or aggravated general damages for libel."
Pleadings were filed and exchanged by the parties.
The background facts leading to this appeal as gathered …