D. O. IBEKWE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The narrow issue which this court is called upon to determine in this appeal is as to whether the learned trial judge's award of general damages to the plaintiff after he had already awarded special damages in his favour amounts to double compensation or not. On 27th August, 1969 the plaintiff brought an action against the defendants jointly and severally in the High Court, Lagos, claiming the sum of 1,500 (One Thousand, Five Hundred Pounds) being special and general damages suffered by the plaintiff which arose out of the negligence of the 2nd defendant who in the course of his employment with the 1st defendant was the driver of the 1st defendant's car No. LC 1993 on 12th June, 1966 along Lagos Ikorodu Road in consequence of which the plaintiffs Bedford Bus No. LK 8376 was badly damaged.
The particulars of the damage were set out as follows:
PARTICULARS OF DAMAGE
Cost of repairs 855.16.7d
Loss of earnings 285. 0.0d