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First Bank Berated for Encroaching on Med-view Airlines Properties

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Officers of the Nigerian Police Force, and the representatives of First Bank Plc, invaded property belonging to Medview Airline in Ikeja, Lagos

Med-View Airline has accused First Bank of abuse of the court process following the invasion of its properties in Ikeja and Lekki areas of Lagos on Monday, 5th December 2022.

The airline also alleged that the bank obtained additional two exparte orders in different suits on same subject matter of alleged N4 billion debt.

The airline through its counsel, Mr. Lawal Pedro, (SAN), said on Monday that its client’s properties were invaded by a team of policemen under the guise of executing a court order by the bank.

The counsel condemned the invasion, insisting that the bank violated court proceedings.

A preservation order was procured from the second court on same issue pasted on Medview’s premises

According to him, he had read a copy of the ex-parte order made by Hon Justice Lawal Akapo, in Suit No. ID/6251/GCMW/22, delivered on November 22, stressing that this did not include taking possession or sealing of the properties of the airline.

Rather, he said Justice Akapo ordered for preservation of the assets of the airline, from the sale or other alienation pending compliance with the pre-action protocol procedure by First Bank who is yet to file an action in respect of the alleged debt.

According to Lawal, the second and third ex-parte orders secured by the bank were granted by Hon Justice Oluyemi in Suit No ID/6241/GCMW/22 and ID/6243/GCMW/22, both delivered on 22nd November 2022, to take over the residential house of the Managing Director of the Airline situated at Olabanji Olajide Street off Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1, pending compliance with preaction protocol procedures by the bank.

He expressed disappointment at Monday’s invasion and sealing of its client’s properties in the Ikeja and Lekki area of the state.

Barrister Lawal said, “we have held meetings with the bank officials and exchanged correspondence on amicable resolution of any outstanding debt and for the parties to resume normal banking relationship”.

Lawal lamented thus, “So, it came to us as a rude shock when policemen invaded our client’s properties in Ikeja and Lekki, chased everyone away, and sealed the properties as if the final judgment had been awarded in favour of the bank on the alleged debt.

The Med-View counsel said, “We believe that this is an illegality and institution like First Bank with the full complement of a legal department and which we owe in high esteem should not be involved in this type of action.

We are taking appropriate steps to seek justice and remedy for our clients by due process of law,” said barrister Lawal, a Senior Advocate in the Nigeria bar.

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