Court dismisses airline’s objection
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Lagos has dismissed a preliminary objection by Bellview Airlines Limited challenging its jurisdiction to hear a suit by the family of a pilot who died in its ill-fated aircraft.
The late Captain Lambert Imasuen flew the Boeing 737-200 aircraft which crashed on October 22, 2005 in Lisa, Ogun State, killing 117 persons onboard, en route Abuja from Lagos.
In a ruling, Justice Peter Lifu assumed jurisdiction in the suit. He held that the court will adjudicate over the case since it is connected with the late Imaseun’s contract of employment.
The suit was filed in representative capacity by Imuwahen Lenita Imasuen, who is the eldest child and administratrix of the Estate of the late Captain Imaseun.
Apart from Bellview Arilines, other defendants are Kayode Odukoya, Tunde Yusuf, Gabriel Olowo, Emmanuel Ombu, Abisoye Mohammed, Kola Sobande, Chimara Imediegwu and Alex Iheuwa – all directors of the airline.
The family, through their lawyer Yusuf Asamah Kadiri of Jackson, Etti & Edu Law firm, claimed that despite several demands, the airline and its directors have failed to pay them their late father’s entitlements eight years after he died in the crash.
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