The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has kicked against the plans by the Federal Government to transfer the court case instituted against it and the Ministry of Aviation on the proposed establishment of a national carrier from Lagos to the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division.
The body seems not to be comfortable with this development as it fears and suspects it might work against their interest and other bodies.
The move to transfer the case by the Federal Government and the Aviation Ministry to Abuja is coming on the heels of the hearing of the case against the Federal Government scheduled for Monday, 16th January, 2023 at the Federal High Court of Nigeria in Lagos.
The Federal Government, through its counsel, Liman Suleiman Shehu, Maimuna L. Shiru (Mrs.), Oyin Koleosho and Oriowo Oluwaseun, filed the application on Friday, January 13, 2023, for the transfer of the case 72 hours to the hearing on the summons.
An affidavit in support of motion on notice sworn to by Des-Bordes Felicia, counsel to the defendants, Nigeria Air (1st defendant), Sen. Hadi Sirika (3rd defendant) and Attorney General of the Federation (4th defendant), contended that the hearing of the suit in Lagos would add financial burden on the defendants.
In a document sighted by our correspondent, Counsel to the defendants appealed to the court to invoke Section 22, Federal High Court Act, LFN 2004, which empowered it to transfer the suit out of Lagos to any other divisions, this time around to Abuja, for hearing.
The plaintiffs in the case are: the registered trustee of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, Azman Air Services Limited, Air Peace Limited, Max Air Limited, United Nigeria Airlines and Top Brass Aviation Limited.
The defendants are the Nigeria Air Limited, Ethiopian Airlines, Sen. Hadi Sirika and the Attorney General of the Federation.