FAAN MD gets bench warrant over aircraft ownership tussle
A FederalHigh Court, Lagos has issued a bench warrant against the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, over his failure to appear in a contempt suit over ownership of two jets at the Lagos facility.
The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Hassan, ordered the arrest following an earlier one summoning Dunoma and the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Muktar Usman.
The Guardian had reported that the two aircraft, Bombardier 8 and Q300, formerly operated by Topbrass Aviation Services Limited, a local operator, were allegedly stolen in Lagos.
The airplanes, with registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC, have been the focus of a legal tussle between the lessor, Seagold Investment Limited, and Topbrass Aviation Services.
Some interested parties in the sector, however, allegedly acquired the aircraft and relocated them contrary to the orders of the court.
The planes were reportedly removed from the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) and stationed at the Aero Contractors’ Maintenance and Overhaul (AMO) hanger, with their registration numbers removed, prompting Topbrass to file for contempt.
Other respondents in the suit are Aero Contractors’ Managing Director, Ado Sanusi, and a pilot in the presidential fleet, Baba Mohammed.
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