The heightened combat between Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) went overboard as FAAN officials embarked on the destruction campaign adverts placed by the Dr Wale Babalakin Company at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.
FAAN says it embarked on an exercise to get rid of all illegal adverts both indoor and outdoor placed within the airport environments
The Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria,said the issue of FAAN’s right to pull down advertisements installed by Bi-Courtney came before the Federal High Court for resolution. “In a comprehensive judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Jonah Adah, the court decided that under the agreement, FAAN had no right to take laws into its own hands.
“If there are any dispute between FAAN and Bi-Courtney, this dispute must be resolved by arbitration in accordance with Article 22 of the concession agreement. His lordship held that: “The sum of it is, whether the defendants can in any dispute relating to the concession agreement take action to resolve disputes without resorting to Article 22 of the said agreement for dispute resolution mechanism. It is obvious in the light of the said agreement that the defendant cannot so act.”
BASL’s Head of Litigation, Mr. Tola Oshobi, said: “The ongoing saga between the FAAN and Bi-Courtney in respect of the concession agreement entered into on April 24, 2003 has taken a violent turn. FAAN along with some hoodlums and vandals pulled down bill boards erected by Bi-Courtney at the airport.”