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The management of Arik Air on Thursday said it would challenge the taking over of the airline by the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) in court.

Ado Sanusi, senior vice-president, Arik Air, made the disclosure at a joint news briefing with Oluseye Opasanya (SAN), the receiver manager, and Roy Ilegbodu, airline’s technical consultant.

AMCON had taken over the airline following the huge indebtedness of the company to both local and foreign creditors.

However, Sanusi said management of the airline had been served with a valid court order empowering AMCON to take over the affairs of the airline.

“As responsible citizens, we have obeyed the court order which appointed Oluseye Opasanya as the receivership manager,” he said.

“We will comply but I want to make it clear that we have a right to challenge the court order.

“In the coming days, we will make our position known. It is a court order and we can challenge it and we will challenge it to the highest court of authority.”

He added that while the legal battle would be on one front, the parties had agreed that Arik Air would continue to run without any disruption.

Also speaking, Opasanya said AMCON was on a rescue mission to reposition the embattled airline.

“AMCON has been a creditor to Arik for some time. It also has security over substantial parts of the assets of Arik,” he said.

“The debt of Arik to AMCON has not been paid and huge sums of money is owed.

“So AMCON, having consulted widely with government authorities, has decided to appoint me to preside over the affairs of Arik.

“So we have come to supervise the operation, sustain the operation, improve services and ensure that we support Arik with people of deep knowledge, experience and commitment in the airline industry.”

He said Arik plays a pivotal role in the airline industry, and that many Nigerians were drawing their means of livelihood from the company.

“We have addressed the workers and the management and we want to assure other stakeholders and members of the public that the desire of AMCON is to keep the airline flying,” he said.

“AMCON is willing to support the operation of Arik and together with the government, work to meet the immediate essential needs of the company.”

On his part, Ilegbodu said Arik had 28 aircraft in its fleet but only 10 are currently being used for operations.

He said his duty as technical consultant was to get to the root of the problems bedeviling the airline to ensure its sustainability.

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