Terminal Operators in a fresh suit against FG, 2 others


…Says they cannot be regulated by government

Terminal operators at the nation’s seaports have filed an action at the Federal High Court Lagos seeking to restrain the Federal government from economic regulation of their port terminals.

In an originating summons issued on behalf of the terminal operators by their counsel Femi Atoyebi, SAN and Chidi Ilogu, SAN they have sought amongst other reliefs, a perpetual injunction restraining the President of Nigeria, the Minister of Transport, the Attorney General and the Nigerian Shippers Council from enforcing the Nigerian Shippers Council  (Port Economic Regulator) Order of 2015.

Ruling on an exparte application by the Plaintiffs for an order of interim injunction against the Defendants, Justice Idris ordered parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, which has been set down for hearing on 31st May.

It will be recalled that in a similar action brought by the terminal operators against the Nigerian Shippers Council, Justice Ibrahim Buba last year ruled that the Nigerian Shippers Council was validly appointed as economic regulator of Nigerian Ports.

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