$1.6m, N50m Judgement Sum: Emirates Airlines’ Application For Stay Of Execution Dismissed
Move by Emirates Airlines not to pay judgement sum of $1.630 million and N50 million awarded against it by a Lagos Federal High Court, for Unlawful conversation of a businessman’s money, met a brickwall, as the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Sule Hassan, dismissed the Airlines’ application for stay of execution of the judgment, for lacking in merit.
He had consequently asked the court to order compelling the airlines to pay him the $1.630 million USD and N50 million, for the untold hardship he was subjected him to, as a result of the said illegal and unlawful conversion of his hand luggage that warehoused the said $1, 630 million USD.
Emirates Airlines through its counsel, Chief Awa Kalu(SAN) had denied the Businessman’s allegations and urged the court to dismiss the businessman’s suit.
But Justice Hassan had on January 11, 2021, while delivering judgement in the suit, upheld the businessman’s reliefs and dismissed the the airlines’ defence.
The businessman’s counsel while citing section 32 of the rule of the court, asked the court to order the airlines to deposit the judgement sum in the Federal High Court’s account, pending the determination of the appeal.
He also told the court that the issue that his client should make an undertaken is not applicable. While added that the airlines’ further affidavit was out of time.
He also told the court that the airlines’ further affidavit arguments are legal opinion, which is an offence to section 115 of the Evidence Act.
He therefore urged the court to strike out the airlines’ application for stay on judgement sum, for been unconvincing and order it to pay the money into the Court’s account.