(1973) JELR 45937 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.31/1973 ·  3 Mar 1973 ·  Nigeria
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(1973) All N.L.R 408 (1973) 5 S.C (REPRINT) 54
GEORGE BAPTIST AYODOLA COKER Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria DANIEL O. IBEKWE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria AYO GABRIEL IRIKEFE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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G. B. A. COKER, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is from the judgment of Adefarasin, J (High Court Lagos, Lagos State) in two actions which were consolidated for hearing. In the first and earlier of the two cases, i.e. Suit No. LD/493170, the plaintiffs are the Nigerian Ports Authority. They are now the appellants before us. The defendants to that action are

(a) The Panalpina World Transport (Nig.) Ltd: and

(b) Palm Line Agencies of Nigeria Ltd.

These defendants are 1st and 2nd respondents respectively to this appeal. In the second and later action, i.e. Suit No. LD/494170, the plaintiffs are the Nigerian Ports Authority and the defendants are the United Africa Company of Nigeria Ltd. The defendants in this later action will in this judgment be referred to as the 3rd respondents. In the first case the appellants' writ is endorsed as follows:

"The plaintiffs' claim

1. Against the defendants jointly and severally a declaration that the decision of the arbitration board…

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