OGUNTADE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The respondent, as the plaintiff, issued his writ of summons against the appellant (as the defendant) on 11-4-90 at the Aba High Court of Imo State claiming the following:
"(a) An order of this Honourable court directing the defendant to transfer to the plaintiff's overseas customer as contained in BILL NUMBER BC. 1406/81 namely NEWBY IRON FOUNDERS LIMITED OF WEST MIDLANDS the sum of 'a317,647.00 (Seventeen Thousand Six Hundred and Forty Seven Pounds Sterling) as contracted between them.
(b) 20% (Twenty per centum) interest on the said sum of 17,647.00 from July 1982 till judgment is delivered.
(c) 4% (Four per centum) interest on the said sum from the date of judgment until completely liquidated.
(d) ₦4m (Four Million Naira) damages for libel
(e) ₦6m (Six Million Naira) special and general damages for negligence.
Particulars of special damages
(i) 252,000 pieces of water pipe fittings at ₦17.00 (Seventeen Naira) loss per pipe fittin…