Shameful drama playing out in Nigeria as two 50-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 jets formerly leased by Topbrass Aviation Services have been reported stolen in Lagos,Nigeria’s Business capital.
The jets with registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC have been the crux of a legal battle between the lessor, Seagold Investment Limited, and Topbrass Aviation Services.
News filtering into Nigeria’s media say some interested parties from the presidency have acquired the jets contrary to the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
According to The Guardian Nigeria, the planes have been removed from their parking lots at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport and are now stationed at the Aero Contractors’ Maintenance and Overhaul hanger.
Curiously,the registration numbers are said to have been already wiped off and the jets are set for maintenance to enable them to fly out of Lagos to some undisclosed location.
The Guardian reported that a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, apparently unaware of the new status of the jets had on Friday last week served a Contempt of Court order on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), NCAA boss, Capt. Muktar Usman, Aero Contractors, its Managing Director Capt. Ado Sanusi and a pilot in the presidential fleet, Capt. Baba Mohammed.
Not a few Nigerians are embarrassed at the stranger- than- fiction drama playing out in Nigeria’s aviation sector whose fortunes have continued to nosedive