By Daniel Eteghe
THE face-off between the A.I.C Hotels Limited and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, yesterday, took a new twist as FAAN pulled down the fence on the disputed land between it and hotel.
Vanguard was at the disputed land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Lagos and gathered that the land was being used as a car park by FAAN, despite a subsisting court order that both parties should maintain the status quo until the matter was resolved.
Speaking on the development, Chairman of A.I.C Hotels Limited, Chief Harry Akande, expressed disappointment that an agency of government like FAAN could disobey a court order.
Akande said the hotel had asked its lawyers to file a formal complaint for a breach of the order.
Directive to use disputed land
He noted that when informed about FAAN’s action he reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police, Airport Police Command, but stressed that the commissioner asked him to meet the policemen at the court, where the judgment was given to enforce the court order.
Also speaking on the issue, AIC General Manager, Administration and Business Development, Chief Niyi Akande, alleged that the Chief Security Officer of the airport, Col. Dalub Onalu (rtd) told AIC officials that were at the site that
the directive to use the disputed land for car park came from the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah.
He said, “FAAN pulled down the fence and uses the site as a car park despite court order restraining the two parties from doing anything on the disputed land.”
Efforts by Vanguard to speak with the General Manager Public Affairs of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, proved abortive as he could not be reached at press time.