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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Nineteen foreign pilots employed by Arik Air International Limited on Wednesday filed a petition in a UK High Court of Justice (Chancery) sitting at The Rolls Building, 7 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane, London.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the petitioners sought to “wind up” the company over non-payment of their salary by the troubled airline to the tune of $600,000.

A petition by the creditors was first dismissed by the Royal Courts of Justice, 7 Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1NL,on June 23, 2016.

But the company has also been facing challenges locally, with erratic flight operations, delayed flights, regulatory breaches, non-fixed scheduling and non-payment of salaries.

On December 20, three aviation unions shut down the operations of the airline, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded across Nigeria.

Last month, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers had threatened to shut down the airline operations for failing to implement the agreement reached with them in December concerning some sacked members of staff.

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Arik Air spokesman, Banji Ola, did not return DAILY NIGERIAN calls and text message, seeking reaction to the case.

Read below the foreign pilots’ petition as published in The London Gazette on Wednesday.

In the Matter of ARIK AIR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

(Company Number 05883948)

IN THE MATTER OF THE INSOLVENCY ACT 1986

A Petition to wind up the above-named Company (registered no 05883948) of8th Floor the Landmark House, Hammersmith Bridge Road, London, W6 9EJpresented on 9 January 2017 by MR LEONIDAS BOGIAZEDES ofDiadochou Pavlou 43B, 16675 Athens, Greece

MR BRIAN BOUCHER of 2537 Cross Country Drive, Port Orange, Florida, USA, 32128

MR BRUNO CARROS of Lieu Dit Peytringue, Callen, France 40430

MR RICHARD DARRELL of Urb Las Yucas No 9, Atalaya, Estepona, Malaga, Spain 269680

MR ANGEL DE AYALA HEREDIA of Luis de la Mata, Madrid, Spain 28042

MR CHRISTIAN HENRI FOCH of La Grave, Cambon les Lavaur, France 81470

MR BRUNO FROMONT of Grand Chemin 2A, Lasne, Belgium 1380

MR MARC HENDRICKS of Rue Des Aduatiques 7, Brussels, Belgium 1040

MR FOTIOS MEGAS of 169 Str Sof. Venizelou, Ano llioupolis, 16343 Athens, Greece

MR IGNACIO MORAL-CERVANTES of Avenida Septima No 62, Atico No 3, Madrid, Spain 28022

MR AYMERIC OZOUX of Royal Rd, La Mivoie, Tamarin, Mauritius

MR JESUS APARICI PALOMARES of Avenida De Torrejon 2 2A, Paracuellos De Jarama, Madrid, Spain 28860

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MR DIONYSIOS PAPALEONARDOS of 72 Lasonos Street, Vouliagmeni, Greece 16671

MR GEORGE PERGAMALIS of Nireos 10 Voula, Athens, Greece 16673

MR JOSE RAMON SAHAGUN of Av. De La Dehesa 3A. 1°D, Navalcarnero, Madrid, Spain 28600

MR BEHROUZ SHAHABPOUR of Urbanização Vilasol 2 Fase Lote C3/1 Alto De Semino, Quarteira, Portugal, 8125-307

STEPHEN ST PIERRE of 2001 Roberts Road, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada, V9P 9B3

MR LARS ERIK SVENSON of Rabelovsgatan 47, Malmo, Sweden, Skane SE-2619

MR NIELS PEDER TERNVIG of 4 Allée Du Niger, Bat C App 2027, Toulouse, France 31000

MR PAAVO WILLIAMS of 2 Brentwick Gardens, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9QL (the Petitioners)

Claiming to be creditors of the Company, will be heard at The Rolls Building, 7 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL

Date: Monday 27th February 2017

Time: 10.30 am

(or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard)

Any person intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioner or its Solicitor in accordance with Rule 4.16 by 16.00 hours on Friday 24 February 2017.

The Petitioner’s Solicitor is WBW Solicitors LLP, Church House, Queen Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2QP. . (Ref: JSE/D109100001.)

31 January 2017

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