This is an appeal from the judgment of Bannerman J. delivered on 16 December 1964 in the High Court, Tamale, by which he dismissed the plaintiff’s claim against the defendants for damages for defamation and false imprisonment. I propose to state generally, without going into the details of the evidence, the facts of this case, and then to take in detail the views expressed by the learned trial judge and see whether there is evidence on which he could properly come to the conclusion he did.
The plaintiff, Sampson Adejumo, is a Nigerian petty trader carrying on business at Nalerigu in Northern Ghana. On 14 October 1963, he travelled to Walewale where he bought some goods and boarded a vehicle bound for Nalerigu. On that vehicle were other passengers including Jueil Isola and the co-defendant, who was the driver’s mate. At about 10 p.m. the driver of the vehicle stopped at the outskirts of Nalerigu to allow some of the passengers to alight and off-load their lugga…