A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered Air France to pay a Lagos State High Court judge, Mrs Oke Lawal and her husband, Chief Bayo Lawal, N500,000 as compensation for losing their luggage.
Justice Saliu Saidu upheld the plaintiffs claim that Air France breached its contract of carriage by air with the couple, causing them mental anguish and distress.
The judge made the order last Friday, but a copy of the judgment was made available to newsmen.
In the plaintiffs’ suit filed by their counsel Folabi Kuti, they averred that the airline delayed two and lost one of their three pieces of luggage around July 26, 2015, during their trip to Florence, Italy, Paris in France and the British capital, London.
Chief Lawal averred that on July 29, 2015, he was contacted by an unidentified person on the internet, claiming to be in possession of his luggage.
He assumed that the individual had apparently broken into his luggage, and was able to orally identify the contents thereof including his iPad, and sensitive drug medication.
The Lawals filed a claim for general damages of N30 million and £2,871 for the loss of luggage, its contents and compensation for the mental anguish and mental distress they suffered following the contract breach.