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 Lawyer demands N40million from Lufthansa Airlines Over Breach of Contract

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     Lagos lawyer, Barrister Olumide Sofowora SAN, and his wife Mrs. Olapeju Sofowora have slammed N39,640,818.00 suit on Lufthansa German Airlines for breach of contract of carriage. In a renewed legal battle via an amended statement of claim, accompanied by an additional written statement on oath sworn to by Mr. Olumide Sofowora SAN and filed before a Federal high court in Lagos southwest Nigeria, the plaintiffs avered that by a contract between them and the defendant, the Airline agreed to carry them and their luggage for reward by air from London to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September 2019. The said carriage was an international carriage.

      After checking in online on the 27th of September,2019, and indicating the number of luggage they had for the journey to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September,2019, they departed for Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 at about 4:30 am on 28th September,2019and arrive at the Airport at 5:00 am in order to board their 6:30 am Lufthansa Airline flight to Lagos, Nigeria via Frankfurt Germany.
   The plaintiffs stood in line at the Luggage check-in queue to drop their 4 pieces of luggage at Desk B25 but could not get to their turn on the check-in desk before 5:30 am because of the long queue of passengers.
  Upon reaching their turn and after confirming from the plaintiffs’ passports that they had checked in online, the defendant’s agent who thereafter asked one of the bags be placed on the scale/ conveyor belt to be tagged, suddenly stopped and asked how many pieces of the luggage the plaintiffs had to drop, upon confirming to her that they had 4 pieces of luggage to drop, the agent refused to continue the final check-in process for the flight saying the facilities to load the luggage on the flight had closed since they close one hour before the flight.
    The plaintiffs pleaded with the defendant’s agent to allow the luggage to be checked in on the next flight from London to Frankfurt and thereafter connected to the flight from Frankfurt to Lagos, but the agent informed the plaintiffs that, it could not be done because of security reasons all items of luggage must fly with the passenger and the only option left was to purchase new tickets for the next flight.
      The airport manager of the defendant confirmed what his agent had stated and despite the plaintiff’s plea, the manager insisted that the plaintiffs purchase a new ticket for the next London to Frankfurt flight at 7:30 am. They complained that this was most unfair considering that they purchased Premium Economy tickets and already have confirmed seats for the connecting journey from Frankfurt to Lagos on the Premium Economy class. All their pleas fell on deaf ears as the manager insisted on their decision.
      The plaintiffs had no choice but contacted their travel agent to get them fresh tickets for the journey from London to Lagos via Frankfurt and they have to be downgraded from Premium Economy to Economy class on their new flight tickets for which they paid the sum of N359,182.00. The previous London to Lagos return ticket has to be forfeited.
      To the surprise of the plaintiffs’ they were check in on the flight at 6:50 am for the 7:30 am flight and they were not told that the luggage boarding facility had closed even though this was less than one hour to the take-off of the flight. The boarding Gate did not open until 7:05 am flight to Frankfurt. To the plaintiff’s further surprise, Upon boarding the flight to Lagos from Frankfurt, the flight was virtually empty and their original Premium Economy seats on the Frankfurt to Lagos leg of the flight were also empty.
     Upon arriving in Lagos,3 of the 4 pieces of their luggage did not arrive, thereafter the plaintiffs, like several other passengers whose luggage did not arrive had to be going to Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a daily basis to retrieve their luggage and the plaintiffs were able to retrieve 3 pieces of the luggage five days after.
       The defendant later paid N72,000 as inconvenience fee and offer N84,520.00 as compensation for the items bought by the plaintiffs due to the delay of their Luggage thereafter the defendant refused and failed to agree to pay reasonable compensation for the purchased tickets and delay of luggage stating that it was not liable to pay any compensation.
    Consequently, Mr. Olumide Sofowora and his wife Olapeju Sofowora are claiming against Lufthansa German Airlines, N20 million as Special and general damages, N359,182:00 being the cost of new tickets, N824,798:00 being half-price tickets of the cost of a ticket from London to Lagos, General damages in the sum of N10 million for denying the plaintiffs boarding at the London Heathrow airport having check-in. N8,816,029:00 for inconveniencies suffered by the plaintiffs’ including loss of professional time in trying to retrieve their Luggage.
      Interest on the total sum at the rate of 20%per annum from 28th of September,2019 until Judgement and thereafter at the rate of 10%per annum.
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“IFA Spotlights Wealth and Prosperity as Theme of this Year’s Festival” – Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

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Popular Social media enthusiast, IFA priest and cultural ambassador Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide with the sobriquet as Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is currently gearing up for the annual 2021 Ifa Festival. Oluwo Osunniyi also revealed Ifa’s central message for this year’s feast that will be hosting all sundry and also celebrate the rich religious aesthetics of IFA divination.

During a conversation with the highly cerebral priest, he revealed that; the essence of consulting Ifa ahead of the festival, is to seek guidance concerning principal activities. “Ogbe Alara is the divination this year. Ifa spotlights wealth as major theme of this year’s festival”. Anyone struggling with one engagement or the other in life, Ifa is inviting them, to encounter their breakthrough”.

 

Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

He further disclosed that; The festival which is slated to last for three days, will flag off on October 29 with Ìkúnlẹ̀ Ọdún and Ìbọ́fà Ọdún the following day.

“On the grand finale, 31st of October, 2021, popular artiste, Àṣàbí Ọ̀jẹ̀ Afẹ́nápa will perform to the audience at the grand reception which will take place at Ile Olúwo, Agric Olomi, Olojuoro, Ibadan. Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is a well revered priest and culture custodian, who is constantly upholding cultural values and practices in positive light, home and abroad.”

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From Agege to Kampala; Prestigious Victoria University witness Sujimoto Deliver Mind-Blowing Lecture 

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When English Playwright and Writer Williams Shakespeare averred that; “Our content is our best having”; what Shakespeare simply meant was that; when an individual is loaded with content, he or she is fully armed with the requirements to survive life. Some have content with no innate ability to deliver what they have inside of them. For Sijibomi Ogundele; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Luxury real estate company Sujimoto; he is embedded with too much content with a mastery in the art of delivery. Give it to him; he is one of the few who makes a promise and will stand by it even with a rifle on his head. He showed his oratory and cerebral prowess in the issues of finance, business management, real estate management and entrepreneurial success over the week far-away East Africa, Uganda.

In a bid to share his experience in the murky waters of entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur who rose from the rustic suburb part of Lagos in Agege to become a real estate giant in Nigeria; On the invitation of the management staff of the prestigious Victoria University, central business district, Kampala, students witnessed Sujimoto deliver a mindblowing lecture on his journey as an entrepreneur, sharing business principles he never learnt in the classroom. First, he implores his audience to shun poverty ideology. Saying Poverty only hinders anyone from reaching his or her full potential. “Erase poverty mentality and you are on the first step to success.” In his remarks, Sijibomi averred that; Education is the foundation for achieving any great purpose either formal or informal. “we should also learn pragmatic experiences of mentors who are successful in any field we want to delve into. I learnt a lot from M.K.O Abiola. To succeed in business as an entrepreneur, you need to learn Dreaming Big, Integrity, Passion, Diligence and Building a network of great people as assets these principles will help you thrive successfully in life as a business owner”.

Cross Section of Sujimoto and Students After Delivering the Lecture

The Cosmopolitan businessman further spurred the innate mindset of every young Ugandans to rise and take their own destiny in their hands; “I use this opportunity to call on every young Uganda, those here in this room and across the hills nation, I want to remind you that you are the true asset of this country, That you are 60% of the 46 million population of this nation. That no one will give you a chair at the table of opportunity, you have to create your our chair.  The old will go”.

Ogundele further harps on the need for every Ugandan youth to also leave behind the idea of impossibility stating that; everything can be achieved if there is passion and the will to achieve success. “What about the young lady raised by a single mother, who found strength in dancing and didn’t allow the challenges of Kawempe stop her from Singing her way to becoming not only the Sheebah of Kampala but a music icon of this nation. Great Assets of Uganda, let me remind you, It doesn’t matter how much you have in your wallet today, or the certificate in your Waldrop, if you dream big and embrace the spirit of possibility, you will see that what God cannot do does not exist.”

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It is worthy to note that, Sujimoto construction is currently building the tallest residential building in Africa’s most expensive neighborhood; Banana Island called Lucrezia By Sujimoto in Lagos. The residential building is fully automated and armed with luxury housewares along with the finest of finishing enacting and arousing taste for luxury. In the same neighborhood, Popstar Davido currently occupies one of his luxury condominiums Guiliano by Sujimoto; a sold-out even before completion. With other numerous projects like; Queen Amina by Sujimoto in Abuja among others, it’s a testimony that Sujimoto is gradually giving other real estate competitors a run for their money. He has vowed not to stop until every city in Nigeria and Africa has a Sujimoto luxury edifice erected to make the difference.

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Herbert Wigwe, Emefiele honoured with Juris Law Award for outstanding contributions in finance sector

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The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry. Wigwe was presented the Juris Law Award by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

 

Also honoured with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Juris Law Award is presented in honour of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting economic growth in Nigeria through deepening institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.

 

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honoured to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue to create shared value for all our stakeholders, striking a balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”

 

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus. The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centres,  acquisition of medical equipment, supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.

 

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.

 

Also in attendance of the workshop were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF); Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho; the Former Chief Justice of Nigeria and former Chairman, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other high-ranking judicial officers and the legal community.

 

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