Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For Ruling

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For RulingThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed for May 15, its ruling on two preliminary objections arising from the takeover of Arik Air Limited by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The Corporation had on February 8, 2017 announced that it had taken over Arik Air Limited.

AMCON said the step was taken to save the airline from collapse and in the best interest of the general public, workers, creditors and other interest groups in the aviation sector.

A legal practitioner, Mr Oluseye Opasanya, was then appointed as the Receiver Manager of Arik Air Limited, following its takeover by AMCON.

By an ex parte application on February 8, AMCON secured an injunction restraining the airline’s “shareholders, directors, creditors, managers, officers, employees, servants, consultants, agents, representatives (and) privies” from interfering with Mr Opasanya’s power to manage Arik Air.

However, four persons who were aggrieved by the court order – Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, Chris Ndule, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide and Sangowawa Olubiyi – filed a preliminary objection through their lawyer, Mr Babajide Koku.

They accused Mr Opasanya and the lawyer representing AMCON, Professor Koyinsola Ajayi, of engaging in professional misconduct and urged the court to void all the processes so far filed by Professor Ajayi on behalf of the Corporation and Mr Opasanya.

The grounds of their objection was that Ajayi and Opasanya are both lawyers practising in the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP.

Mr Koku argued that by virtue of Rule 17 of Professional Conduct of Legal Practitioners 2007, neither Ajayi nor any other lawyer from the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP could appear in a case where Opasanya was a plaintiff.

Opposing the preliminary objection, Ajayi stated that there was a distinction between Opasanya and the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP where Opasanya works, and that there was no law stopping anyone from the law firm from representing Opasanya.

He also filed a preliminary objection challenging the locus standi of Koku’s clients to file the preliminary objection.

Professor Ajayi argued that they were not parties in the suit in question which AMCON and Opasanya filed against Arik Air and the Inspector General of Police.

He described them as interlopers who should not be heard and urged Justice Mohammed Idris who is hearing the case to dismiss the preliminary objection by Koku’s clients.

After hearing both preliminary objections on Friday, Justice Idris adjourned till May 15, 2017 for his ruling.

Boko Haram: Police To Provide Security In Liberated Towns

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, says the police is already establishing civil authority in communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists in affected states.

The police chief told journalists in Maiduguri that the move is to relieve the military and to also enable displaced persons return home in the shortest possible time.

The IG was speaking during the launch of a Police Medical Outreach for the internally displaced living at the Muna Garage Camp in Maiduguri.

He said the initiative is in tandem with the Nigerian Air Force and military medical outreach among the displaced.

The IGP has also assured citizens of adequate security to communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists to enable Displaced Persons return home soonest.

Idris said the visit was aimed at synergising with the military on the process of returning civil authorities to liberated communities.

He has assured officers and men of the police force that their welfare would be adequately catered for.

The IGP also distributed food items and other relief materials to support the IDPs even as plans to fortify their hometowns and establish civil rule intensifies.

IGP Idris was accompanied by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Prison Service, Ahmed Ja’afar and Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu