Emirates Airlines is facing the seizure of its Boeing 777 Aircraft in Nigeria if it does not satisfy a Lagos Federal High Court judgment of eight million naira against it.
One Dr. Charles Mekwunye had sought the order of court to enforce a supreme court judgment against the airline in a suit between Promise Mekwunye and Emirates Airlines.
Promise Mekwunye, who was a student in the U.S., brought the lawsuit against the airlines in 2008 for refusing to honor her round-trip airline ticket from Texas to Nigeria. She said the airline refused to refund her payment for the ticket and gave no explanation for failing to do so.
A federal high court had ruled against the airline for breach of contract in 2010 and awarded damages and legal costs of a quarter million naira. Emirates appealed and won. The plaintiff took the case to the supreme court where it was overturned in February this year.
The judgment debt, plus interest, has now accumulated to about eight million naira, and emirates has not complied with the judgment. It now faces seizure of one of its aircraft should it fly into Nigeria.
ECOWAS Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Case Against Nigeria
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has suffered a loss at the ECOWAS court, where his case against Nigeria has been dismissed.
Kanu had hauled the Nigerian government to court over what he said were torture, assault and subjection to inhuman treatment allegedly meted to him by security operatives who arrested him in 2015.
ECOWAS regional court ruled on Thursday Kanu failed to prove his case against the federal government.
Kanu’s request for eight hundred million dollars monetary compensation was also dismissed.
Nigeria Suspends Turkish Airlines From Its Airports
Turkish Airlines will not be able to fly in and out of Nigeria from Monday. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the airline because of what it says were persistent baggage delays.
NCAA’s letter to the airline warns it will remain suspended until it is ready to use the right aircraft size for flights into Nigeria–aircraft that would bring passengers and their checked-in luggage at the same time.
NCAA says the problem has worsened in the last two weeks, when the most recent Turkish Airlines flight arrived in the country with only fifteen percent of passengers’ checked-in baggage.
The aviation authority says these failures by the airline have created serious crises at the airports whenever passengers arrive and their luggages did not.
NCAA says it has held many meetings with the airline over the issue, but they did not yield any solution.
AGF Malami Directs DSS To Hands Off Sowore’s Case
The case of the RevolutionNow movement convener, and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore has taken a new turn.
Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to hand over the case.
Malami gave the directive in a statement on Friday. DSS was also ordered to forward the Sowore case file to Malami’s office. The file is in respect of the charge pending against Sowore before the federal high court in Abuja.
Malami reiterated the federal government’s commitment to respecting the sanctity of the rule of law, protecting the virtues of human rights, and ensuring speedy dispensation of justice in the matter. He has also directed the federal justice ministry to immediately take over the prosecution of all charges against Sowore.
Malami specifically directed that the prosecution must be in line with constitutional provisions.
The letter requesting the case transfer was sent to the DSS on Wednesday.
A seven-count treasonable felony charge is pending against Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
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