Sade Okoya Slams N10m Suit on Lufthansa Airlines

A Lagos businesswoman and top society lady, Mrs. Folashade Okoya, has filed an application for final judgment before a Federal High Court against German Airlines, Lufthansa. The plaintiff is demanding N10 million as compensation for the loss of her baggage while on a trip from Germany to Lagos via the airline.

In an affidavit sworn to by a legal practitioner, Mrs. Aluko Bolanle, and filed in the court, it was averred that on 18 January, 2011, Chief Folashade Okoya instituted this suit against Lufthansa German Airlines vide a writ and statement of claim.

Mrs. Aluko averred that on 3 December, 2010 the airline conveyed the plaintiff and her husband, industrialist Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, from Frankfurt, Germany to Lagos and they arrived in Lagos the same day.

However, the plaintiff, on arrival in Lagos, Nigeria, recovered only four baggages out of the five baggages checked in at the departure point.

Immediately the plaintiff discovered that one of her baggages was missing, she reported to the airlines officials at the airport and was asked to fill a property irregularity report with the baggage identification tag and list of the items in the missing baggage.

Five days after reporting the missing baggage, the plaintiff found that the airlines were not acting positively on the matter. After serving the defendant letters, coupled with various visits to the defendant’s office, the plaintiff realised that the defendant was still not making any effort to recover the missing baggage.

The defendant was thereafter, duly served with court processes but refused to file any defence until the time stipulated to file defence expired.

The plaintiff thus urged the court to enter, in her favour, final judgment in the sum of N10 million, being special and general damages for the airline’s negligence in handling her baggage.

As at the time of filing in this report, it was not yet clear the state at which the suit was, but from the points raised in the writ and statement of claim, Sade Okoya, a style aficionado and fashionista, through her lawyer Mrs. Bolanle Aluko are ready for all it takes legally to get redress from the court, even as the defendant Lufthansa does not appear to be making any move in this regard.

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