Air France

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till May 12 to hear a suit by a Lagos High Court judge, Mrs Oke Lawal, against Air France airline, over breach of contract.

The judge alongside her husband, Chief Bayo Lawal, had sued Air France-KLM, claiming the sum of N30 million as damages for breach of contract of carriage by airline.

The plaintiffs are claiming the sum as compensation for anguish and mental distress they both suffered as a result of the breach of the contract.

At the hearing in the matter, Mr Afolabi Kuti announced appearance for the plaintiff, while Mr Sylvester Elema announced appearance for the defendant.
Counsel to the plaintiff informed the court that parties were still exploring settlement options.

He said that the defendants had made an offer, while the plaintiffs made a counter offer, which the defendants were still considering.

Consequently, Justice Saidu adjourned the case to May 12 for either report of settlement or trial.

In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs alleged that they boarded the defendants’ aircraft, Flight AF3849 from Lagos to Paris on 23 July, 2015 and then from Paris to Florence on Flight AF1066 and that in Lagos, they duly checked in a total of three pieces of Registered Luggage with the Airline, two belonging to the Judge, while the remaining one contained personal effects of the husband.

They averred that at the point of disembarking on arrival in Italy on 24 July 2015, only two pieces belonging to the Judge were delivered and Chief Lawal discovered that his own luggage was lost or had been converted by servants of the Airline working in the course of their employment and the airline was immediately alerted.

According to the plaintiff, the following day, a staff of the Airline brought a luggage to their hotel, but the wrongly tagged luggage was not his own.

“Consequently, the staff left with the baggage with a promise that he will do everything possible to deliver his luggage as soon as possible.”

They said that on 26 July, 2015, they departed to Florence, Paris and further to London, and the Judge checked in two pieces of luggage but upon arrival in London, it was discovered, that the airline had failed to deliver two pieces of her Luggage.

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