A Federal High Court, Lagos has rejected a motion filed by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) seeking to stay proceedings on a contempt charge filed against its Managing Director, George Uriesi.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako in her ruling on the matter on Wednesday, refused the motion on the ground that the court is expected to guide its integrity jealously.
The judge, who adjourned further hearing on the contempt charges to 10th of May, however decided to take FAAN’s objection alongside the contempt charge at the next hearing.
Maevis Nigeria Limited had filed a suit against FAAN over alleged breach of contract for the provision of the Airport Operations Management System platform in four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.
The court had ordered that parties should maintain status quo pending the determination of the case, but FAAN terminated the contract against the ruling of the court.
Following FAAN’s alleged disobedience of the court order, Maevis had through its lawyer, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) filed a contempt proceeding against the management of the airport authority.
But FAAN’s counsel, Kola Awodein (SAN) prayed the court to stay further proceedings in the matter, as he had filed four separate appeals in respect of the matter.