A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered that an Airbus aircraft belonging to Emirates Airline be detained at the Lagos airport over an alleged N8.1 million ($22,103) judgment debt.
Justice Mohammed Liman granted the order after listening to an application filed by Dr Charles Mekwunye seeking for the enforcement of a Supreme Court judgment in a suit between Promise Mekwunye and the airline.
Justice Liman held, “It is accordingly ordered that an attachment is hereby issued on the judgment debtor’s aircraft registered as ‘A6 Aircraft Type 77W EK: 783/784’, or any other aircraft belonging to the judgment debtor which flies into Nigeria Territory, to be arrested and detained until the judgment debt is fully paid: in default after 30 days, the aircraft shall be auctioned to satisfy the judgment debt.”
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The judge also ordered that Emirates Airline shall bear the cost of maintenance and custody of the detained aircraft.