Defamation is a Criminal Offence in Nigeria

Defamation is a Criminal Offence in Nigeria

Defamation is a Criminal Offence in Nigeria. 

By Onyekachi Umah, Esq (Tip 97)


The publication of words that can cause hatred, contempt, ridicule or damage to the reputation or profession of a person(s) to the hearing of such person(s) or a third party without justification is a criminal offence aside being a tort.

See sections 373, 374, 375 & 376 of Criminal Code, sections 391, 392, 393, 394 and 395 of Penal Code and section 6 of Libel Act, 1843.



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One Response

  1. Good Morning. My name is Emeka Nkwocha. I just want to complain about the issue of some online loan companies who are going about defaming me to my contacts after I have promised to pay back despite the fact that I do not have such funds at the moment. I do not know whether you treat such issues here.

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