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Bi-Courtney sues FAAN, others for contempt

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LAGOS—Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, operators of the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA2, Ikeja, has asked the Federal High Court Lagos to commit three top officials of the Federal Airports Authority, FAAN, to jail for contempt.

Bi-Courtney’s application followed the refusal of the officials, including the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. George Uriesi, to comply with the orders of Justice Jona Adah, in suit number: FHC/IKJ/CS/70/2012, restraining them from further interfering with work on a four-star hotel and conference centre, which the plaintiff is developing at the airport.

According to court documents obtained by correspondence, others against whom Bi-Courtney wants the order of contempt made include the authority’s chief security officer, Col. C.L. Onalo, and its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati.

Bi-Courtney, according to court documents (Form 49) dated June 26, 2013, claimed that the affected individuals willfully violated the order of the court, which restrained them and their representatives from “commencing, continuing and/or completing any actions or permitting the commencement, continuance and/or completion of any actions in respect of taking over possession of and/or interfering with the applicant’s possession of the Four-Star Hotel and Conference Centre situate at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, Ikeja, pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s application for interlocutory injunction.”

Also, in an affidavit in support of its application, deposed to by one Aina Precious Ogunsuyi, of the law firm of Babalakin & Co, Bi-Courtney claimed, among others, that: “On 6th June 2013, in blatant disregard for the said Ex Parte Order of court, the 1st and 3rd Respondents and their agents removed and destroyed adverts placed at the Four-Star Hotel and Conference Centre at MMA2, despite the fact that on that same day, the Respondents were approached with a copy of the said order by Mr. Christopher Penninck, the Chief Executive Officer of Bi-Courtney.

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