FATIMA OMORO AKINBAMI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an Appeal against the decision of the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, delivered on 21st day of March, 2014 in Suit No. HIJ/15/2008 per C.I Akintayo J.
In the statement of claim dated 31st day of October, 2008, the Respondent, as the plaintiff before the Lower Court claimed the following reliefs:-
(1) Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) being general damages for defamation committed by the Defendant against the Plaintiff herein, that sometimes in year 2007, at the motor garage, Iloro-Ekiti, Ekiti State within the jurisdiction of this Court.
The Defendant alleged that the plaintiff administered abortion pills/drugs on one Mrs. Janet Adeniyi then his wife, and that Plaintiff also committed adultery with the said Mrs. Janet Adeniyi consequent upon which the drugs/pills terminated the pregnancy which the said Mrs. Janet Adeniyi had for defendant herein who was then her husband. These defamatory statements caused …