FIDELIS O. EBUWA AND ORS
V.
THE UNITED AFRICA COMPANY LTD.

JELR 80962 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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Other Citations
1955 15 WACA 56-62
CORAM
FOSTER SUTTON, P., DE COMARMOND, Ag. C.J. (NIGERIA), AND COUSSEY, J.A.
Core Terms Beta
defendants
letter
buying agents
united africa company
trial judge
bulk oil plants
eastern nigeria guardian
eastern nigeria
port harcourt
7th defendant
bulk oil plant
defence of fair comment
first action
african licensed buying agents
associated newspapers of nigeria ltd.
government of united africa coy
malice of the defendants
publication of the letter
respect of the publication
suits p
27th april
african buying agents
african development corporation
argument of mr milmo
council of ministers
eastern provinces
equipment of all bulk oil plants
evidence shows
following resolution
hearing of this appeal counsel
issue of the eastern nigeria guardian
large circulation
licensed mrican palm union
matter of public interest
nigerian marketing board t board
palm oil
present case
said words
small quantity
supreme court
united africa company limited of monopoly
united africa company ltd.
untrue records
view of the licensed buying agents

 Foster Sutton, P. This appeal arises out of two actions for libel brought by the United Africa Company Ltd. The first suit, P/60/53, was against the Associated Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd., and another, and the second, Pf61f53, was against the African Development Corporation and eleven others.

The article complained of in the first suit was admitted to have been published in the issue of the Eastern Nigeria Guardian dated 27th April, 1953, and it was also admitted that the Associated Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd., were the printers and publishers, and the other defendant, the Editor, of the newspaper, and that it had a large circulation in Nigeria

The plaintiffs alleged that the article was printed and published of and concerning them in the way of their business as: (a) merchants, owners, managers and operators of an installation at Port Harcourt known as the “Bulk Oil Plant” where palm oil intended for export from Nigeria is bulked processed and stored pending shipment; and (b) licensed b…

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