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ROBINSON ANYOHA & ORS v. LAWRENCE CHUKWU

(2007) JELR 33868 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/PH/203/2001  •  7 May 2007  •  Nigeria

Coram
ISTIFANUS THOMAS JCA; BODE RHODES-VIVOUR JCA; IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MUSA SAULAWA JCA;

Judgement

RHODES- VIVOUR, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On 15/11/2000, Ukachukwu, J., sitting in the Orlu High Court, in Imo State entered judgment in favour of the plaintiff/respondent in suit No. HOR/16/98.

The concluding part of the judgment reads:

"My view is that the said document exhibit 'A' has the effect of defaming the plaintiff and thereby lowering his image and estimation before right thinking members of the society ...

I therefore hold that the plaintiff has proved the case against the defendants. I award N500,000 damages to the plaintiff against the defendants jointly and severally.

There will also be cost to plaintiff assessed at N3,000.00.

Dissatisfied with the judgment against them, the defendants/appellants quickly filed a notice of appeal on 27/11/2000, that is to say twelve days after judgment was delivered.

In accordance with Order 6 rules 2, 4(1) of the Court of Appeal Rules, the defendants, now the appellants filed their brief on 17/9/01. The respondent's br…

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