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J.I. Okolo v. Midwest Newspaper Corporation & ORS.

(1977) JELR 42500 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.451/1975  •  14 Jan 1977  •  Nigeria

Coram
GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO JSC; CHUKWUNWEIKE IDIGBE JSC; ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI JSC;

Judgement

A. O. OBASEKI, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the dismissal of the plaintiff's claim for 50,000pounds damages for libel by Kassim J. in his judgement in suit No. LD/602/71 delivered on the 1st day of February, 1974 in the High Court at Lagos.

More particularly, the claim endorsed on the Writ of Summons reads:

"1. The Defendants are the proprietors, Administrators and Editors of the Nigerian Observer, a Newspaper which has a larger circulation throughout Nigeria, especially in Lagos, Midwest, Northern Nigerian States and the East Central State.

2. In the issue of Saturday, July 31, 1971, the Defendants falsely and maliciously printed and published of and concerning the plaintiff the words following, that is to say in the 1st column page 4 of that issue, to wit,-viz: 2,000.00pounds Suit Adjourned

A Lagos High Court has adjourned hearing till September 13 in the 2,000.00pounds embezzlement suit against a Lagos Building Contractor, Mr. J.I. Okolo"

3. The abo…

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