Ms Mekwunye (above), then a student of North Texas University, Denton, Texas USA, had in 2008 sued the airline for its refusal to honour her two-way flight ticket from Dallas to Nigeria and back for no reason valid reason and for further refusing to fully refund the cost of the ticket to Nigeria.”
The judge stated :
“It is accordingly ordered that an attachment is hereby issued on the judgment debtor’s aircraft registered as ‘A6 Aircraft Type 77W EK: 783/784’, or any other aircraft belonging to the judgment debtor which flies into Nigerian territory, to be arrested and detained until the judgment debt is fully paid.
“In default after 30 days, the aircraft shall be auctioned to satisfy the judgment debt.”
Justice Liman held that the airline would bear the cost of maintenance and custody of the detained plane.