A Nigerian, whose name was given as Ebosie Jideofor John, has won a court case against an international airline, Etihad Airways.
According to a court ruling released earlier this week, Ebosie had used his credit card to purchase four economy class tickets for his family members namely Ms Sylvia U Obichie, Amaka Fingesi, Taribo Fingesi and Zoila Fingesi for a trip from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to Abu Dhabi International Airport on May 15, 2014, on flight EY 0674.
The court heard that he made available coloured photocopy of his credit card and his driver’s license to ensure his family members were able to make the trip.
But on May 15, they were denied boarding by staff of the airline and told to return the following day, May 16.
The plaintiffs eventually boarded the plane on the new date but were unable to make the flight as it was cancelled due to engine failure.
In the case presided over by Honourable Justice Hadiza R Shagari, the plaintiffs were represented by Pius E Sodjie and Pekun Sowole of Jurislaw Chambers while the defendant, Etihad Airways, was represented by J.M.M Majiyagbe.
The court further heard that they later bought tickets and boarded another airline to make their planned holiday on May 16, 2014.
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The plaintiffs went on to sue Etihad Airways for trauma, losses and damages.
In her judgment, Justice Hadiza R Shagari ruled in their favour.
She said: “It is in my view to state that the defendant airline is guilty of willful misconduct.
“I grant the claims of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th plaintiffs for a full refund of their defendant airline tickets with interest at 16% rate as it was decided in the case of Farasco Nigeria Limited & Anor Vs Peterson Zochionis Industries Plc (2010) LPELR 4142 CA.
“Per Tine Tur JCA stated that the principle of interest is that it’s not a compensation for damages caused by the defendants but for being kept out of money which ought to have been paid all this while for services not rendered.