Alleged Corruption: Domestic Airlines Ask Court To Stop National Carrier Project

Domestic airlines have asked the Federal High Court Lagos to stop the national carrier project and withdraw the Air Transport Licence already issued to Nigeria Air by the Federal Government/Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Th Plaintiffs, among other things, alleged that the firm which served as Transaction Adviser for the transaction, was incorporated in March last year and that the company was linked to the aviation minister.

The local airlines also claimed that ATL issued to Nigerian Air did not pass through the normal security clearance.

Eight local airlines and their association filed the suit on Friday, listing Nigerian Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as defendants.

The Registered Trustees of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, including Azman Air, Air Peace, Max Air, Topbrass Aviation and United Nigeria Airlines are among the plaintiffs.

They argued that the Federal Government’s partnership with Ethiopian Airlines on the project will send domestic airlines out of business by opening up the domestic air travel market to Ethiopian Airlines.

Recall that in September, the Federal Government had named Ethiopian Airlines Consortium as the preferred bidder for Nigeria Air.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the announcement in Abuja.

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