Contractual disagreement between TopBrass aviation and Seagold investment heats up


Lagos - Nigerian charter specialist TopBrass Aviation goes to court against some aviation bodies and people in Nigeria, including Seagold Investment Limited, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and the Director General of the NCAA Usman Mukhtar.

Other defendants are Aero Contractors Limited, and Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Ado Sanusi.

The trial is about the conflict over two Bombardier Q300 of the company, registered 5N-TBB (msn 613) and 5N-TBC (msn 614) linked to the contractual dispute between Seagold Investment and TopBrass. The carrier claims that Seagold breached the agreement terms on a contract between the parties.

TopBrass signed a 24-month dry-lease agreement with Seagold for both aircraft. The Nigerian charter carrier asserted that although it never missed its lease payments, Seagold tried to confiscate the leased Q300s.

TopBrass stated that it secured a court order in December 2015 restraining the defendants repossessing the two turboprop aircraft. In July 2018, the court extended the mandate through September 25, 2018. TopBrass now says that Seagold confiscated its leased Q300s and applied the FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) and the NCAA (Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority) to withdraw the aircraft from the register.

Aero Contractors might be involved in the process probably because of the Seagold investment would transfer the repossessed Q300s to Aero Contractors.

TopBrass also operates a third unit of the type, 5N-TBA (msn 608).