(1997) JELR 45386 (CA)    
Court of Appeal  ·  CA/L/33/95 ·  7 May 1997 ·  Nigeria
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Watanmal (Singapore) v. Liz Olofin & Co. (1998) 1 NWLR (Pt. 533)
Watanmal (Singapore) v. Liz OlofinCo. (1998) 1 NWLR (Pt. 533) 311
DAHIRU MUSDAPHER Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria SAMSON ODEMWINGIE UWAIFO Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria IGNATIUS CHUKWUDI PATS-ACHOLONU Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
learned trial judge
foreign company
learned trial judge fails
high court of lagos state
interpretation of section
defendant liz olofin
company plc
consideration of the issues
notice of appeal
plaintiff watanmal
statement of claim
reasonable cause of action
jurisdiction of the court
foreign company resident
powers of a registered company
laws of singapore
much ado
kitchen equip west africa
particulars of error
territorial jurisdiction of the court
civil procedure
leading judgment
purport of private international law
proper order
decision of the learned trial judge
grounds of appeal
juristic personality of a foreign company
basis of the appellant
purported settlement of the cost price of the items
suit no. ld
fundamental issue
matters preliminary
support of these propositions
necessary papers
separate entity
juristic person unknown
contravention of section
locus standi
avoidance of doubt
entire set of circumstances
international relations
clear words
total price of the goods
international trade

MUSDAPHER, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In the High Court of Lagos State in the Lagos Judicial Division and in Suit No. LD/1902/91, the plaintiff Watanmal (Singapore) PTE Ltd which is a foreign company incorporated under the Laws of Singapore claimed against the Defendant Liz Olofin and Company PLC, a company registered in Nigeria, the sum of US Dollars 1,096,493.31 plus interest being the value of goods sold and delivered to the defendant at the defendant's request. The writ was accompanied with a Statement of claim. The defendant entered a conditional appearance. It protested the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter on the grounds that the plaintiff is a foreign company resident and carrying on business outside the territorial jurisdiction of the court.

Subsequently and pursuant to Order 22 Rule 4 of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 1972 and on the inherent jurisdiction of the Court, the defendant brought an application praying the Cour…

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