ARIK Air has banned the managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from using all its flights amid signs that the airline’s ongoing dispute with the government is far from over.
George Uriesi, in his capacity as FAAN boss has been responsible for hounding Arik for an alleged N8bn its owes the Nigerian government. As the battle over the matter ensued, Arik ceased all its operations last week but has since resumed flying after a peace meeting was called over the weekend.
In a surprise development, the airline has now released a list of 25 people banned from using its flights henceforth. Most of the others are passengers it has had spats with in the past, including for instance Japheth Omojuwa who has been pursuing the airline for compensation after he lost an iPad on a flight.
While other prospective passengers were barred from the using Arik for reasons ranging from security and insubordination, Mr Uriesi’s blacklisting was simply explained as a management decision. Arik claims that it only owes N1bn and Mr Uriesi has been at the centre of the argument about how much is actually owed.
Some of those blacklisted are on terrorist wanted lists, while one woman was barred for beating up a member of Arik’s staff. Another was a former member of staff who had been involved in bank fraud.