26 April 2012

Nigeria: FAAN MD Loses Bid to Stay Action On Contempt Charge

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, yesterday, lost its bid to have a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to stay proceedings on a contempt charge filed against its Managing Director, George Uriesi, over alleged disobedience of court order.

The court, in its ruling, refused the motion on the ground that the court was expected to guide its integrity jealously and adjourned till May10 for the hearing on the contempt proceeding.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, added that she would take FAAN's objection alongside the contempt charge at the next adjourned date.

Maevis, had filed a suit, dragging FAAN to the court, 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 the parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the case, but it was alleged that FAAN terminated the contract between it and Maevis as against the ruling of the court. Maevis consequently filed contempt proceedings against FAAN Managing Director.

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