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Court Fines OAS Helicopters ₦100,000 For Not Using Its Registered Name





Court fines aviation firm, registered as Odengene Air-Shuttle Services Limited (OAS), for using ‘OAS Helicopters Lease & Charter Services’ on its letterhead paper and signboard.


The National Industrial Court has fined indigenous aviation company, Odengene Air-Shuttle Services Limited (OAS); for not using its registered name with the Corporate Affairs Commission on its letterhead paper.

According to the ruling by Justice Nelson Ogbuanya, the aviation company registered as ‘Odengene Air Shuttle Services Limited’ with the CAC, but its letterhead paper and signboard carried ‘OAS Helicopters Lease & Charter Services’.


Court fines OAS Helicopters

Justice Ogbuanya said the firms’ failure to use its registered name was a breach of provisions of the Company and Allied Matters Act.

“The defendant is hereby ordered to comply with the provisions of Section 548(1)(c) of CAMA, with respect to publication of its corporate name as stipulated therein.”

“The defendant is hereby further directed to file at the court’s registry evidence of compliance with this order.”

“Cost of ₦100,000 is hereby awarded against the defendant in favour of the claimant’s counsel,”


The court ruled in favour of Benjamin Okafor, a former employee of the aviation services firm. Okafor, a former Director of Maintenance, had sued the firm to challenge the termination of his employment.

The firm, through its lawyer, E.C. Obasi, had earlier filed a preliminary objection, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear Okafor’s suit.

Obasi contended that Okafor sued the wrong firm, as his client’s registered name with the CAC was ‘Odengene Air Shuttle Services Limited’ and not ‘OAS Helicopters Lease & Charter Services’.

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