Solicitors to the Airline Operators of Nigeria ( AON) have written President Muhammadu Buhari has accused Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika of concocting a ploy to hoodwink him and over 200 million Nigerians while planning a clever way to violate a subsisting court order with suit no. FHC/L/CS/2159/2022.
In a letter signed by Abubakar Nuhu Ahmad Esq. of Nureini Jimoh (SAN) Chambers addressed to the President captioned:”Nigeria Air Project” Last Minute Planned Disobedience to Court Order And Deliberate Plan to Rubbish the Achievement of this Administration, he said Sirika chose the last working day of the administration to bring in two aircraft in contravention of the court order urging the President to stop the Minister’s negative action. READ ALSO: Despite court order, Sirika forges on; says Nigeria Air aircraft arrives Friday
The letter which copied the Attorney General of the Federation, The Inspector-General of Police, The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal Ministry of Aviation,read:
“We are solicitors to Airline Operators of Nigeria (“Our Client”). Our client filed the above suit to question the shady deal, deliberate infraction of the Nigerian laws and self-enrichment, mainly against the Federal Ministry of Aviation over the Nigerian Air Project.
“In the suit, the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided by Hon. Justice A.L Allagoa, in the above suit, granted Orders of interim and interlocutory injunctions, in the terms contained in the Order, restraining taking of any step in relation to the Nigeria Air project. Copy each of the Orders are enclosed as Annexures 1, 2 & 3.
As your Excellency is well aware, the administration will hand over on Monday May 29, 2023 but the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, is planning to circumvent the Court Orders on Friday 26th May, 2023 being the last working day of this administration and possibly to cover up the various infractions of Nigerian laws, amongst others.
” This was disclosed in the interview granted yesterday by the Hon. Minister to Channels Television and same has gone viral on social media. The Minister is planning to hurriedly bring in two (2) aircrafts and pretend that NigeriaAir has commenced operation.
Aside moral justification for commercial operation after the Minister’s last day in office, it is a clever way to violate the court orders. This action has no regard to whether or not it will stain the record of this administration, whether or not it will cover for corrupt actions raised in the suit and deliberately meant to violate Court Orders for self-serving purposes.
” We therefore employ your Excellency to STOP this action of the Minister of Aviation, ensure compliance with the terms of the Order and avoid needless controversies on the action after your Excellency’s administration would have expired.
“Notwithstanding, our client will still pursue contempt action against the Minister personally whether or not he left office, for the promotion of the rule of law, protection of integrity of the court and in line with international best practices.