As the legal action against the controversial national airline Nigeria Air continues, lawyers representing the Federal Government and the national airlines are expected to meet at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday (today).

The case had been adjourned until January 16, 2023, sometime in December 2022.

Meanwhile, lawyers representing Nigeria Air, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika and Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami filed a notice motion on Friday, asking the Federal High Court, Lagos, to transfer the case. to the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The lawyers cited jurisdictional issues as one of the main reasons.

However, national airline officials under the aegis of the Nigerian Airline Operators said the plaintiffs were prepared to file an affidavit to challenge the motion.

“We will oppose the transfer of the case to Abuja. All the parties involved in this case are based in Lagos and the AON office is also in Lagos,” said an AON leader.

the punch had obtained the motion that was filed on January 13, 2023 on Friday.

The motion, with the complaint number FHC/L/CS/2159/22/283, asserted that the defendants reside and conduct a substantial part of their business.

The document read in part: “That after careful study of the originating process and other processes brought by the Plaintiffs, the cause of action alleged by the plaintiffs occurred in the Federal Capital Territory outside of the courtroom where the present action commenced. demand.

“That Defendants 1, 3 and 4 who are not residents within the Judicial Division of this Honorable Court will be subjected to severe hardship should this suit proceed to hearing and are prosecuted within the Judicial Division of this Honorable Court in which this lawsuit was commenced. .

“That the hiring of an attorney to handle the present case in the judicial division of this Honorable Court that is located outside the place of residence of all Defendants will attract a great deal of expense on the part of Defendants and will likely affect the jurisdiction of the Defendants. the Defendants. to properly bring the claim to a logical and expeditious conclusion, and by extension, affects the course of a fair hearing in the course of the trial.”

Supporting the motion, another defense attorney, Usman Suleiman Shehu, esq and Maimuna L Shiru (Ms) held that the defendants/applicants were entitled to a court order transferring the claim to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja judicial division.