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(2021) JELR 109353 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/B/284/2013  •  5 May 2021  •  Nigeria

Joseph Eyo Ekanem, JCA Abimbola Osarugue Obaseki-Adejumo, JCA Balkisu Bello Aliyu, JCA


JOSEPH EYO EKANEM, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the High Court of Edo State, holden at Benin City (the trial Court) delivered on 29/1/2010 in Suit No. B/451/03 by M. O. IGHODALO, J. In the judgment, the trial Court found the appellant liable to the respondent for unlawful arrest and detention, for which it awarded the sum of N300,000.00 as damages in respondent's favour. It dismissed the respondent's claim for slander.

Aggrieved by the decision, the appellant appealed against the same to this Court by means of a notice of appeal filed on 2/2/2012. With leave of Court granted on 25/2/2019, the appellant finally filed a further amended notice of appeal. The respondent on his part filed a notice of appeal complaining against the dismissal of his claim for defamation and the quantum of damages awarded.

​The facts of the case leading to this appeal are that sometime in June, 2003, one Aigbe Nosa Michael made a fraudulent withdrawal of N63,0…

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