Aircraft Detention: Emirates to safeguard operations in Nigeria following court judgment

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Emirates has assures that it will take measures to safeguard its operations in Nigeria following the judgment of the detention of its aircraft by a Federal High court in Lagos over $22,103 debt.

Responding to the judgment, Emirates spokesman says,‘Emirates respects the judgment of the Supreme Court and will follow all legal procedures related to the specific case. In the meantime, Emirates will take every measure to safeguard its operations in Nigeria to avoid any disruption to our customers.”

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on the 2nd of December, 2019 ordered the detention in Lagos of an Airbus aircraft belonging to Emirates Airline over N8.1 million ($22,103) judgment debt.

The order was sequel to a motion filed by Dr. Charles Mekwunye seeking for the enforcement of a Supreme Court judgment in a suit between Promise Mekwunye and the airline. Vanguard reported that Justice Mohammed Liman granted the reliefs sought by Mekwunye.

The judge ruled: “It is accordingly ordered that an attachment is hereby

Issued on the judgment debtor’s aircraft registered as ‘A6 Aircraft Type

77W EK: 783/784’, or any other aircraft belonging to the judgment debtor which flies into Nigeria Territory, to be arrested and detained until the judgment debt is fully paid: in default after 30 days, the aircraft shall be auctioned to satisfy the judgment debt.”

The judge also ordered that Emirates Airline shall bear the cost of maintenance and custody of the detained aircraft.

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