[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar]
Cross River Government has threatened to commence legal action against the Heritage Bank for blocking access to its Cally Air Account.
State Aviation Commissioner, Jake Otu Enyia disclosed this in Calabar while leading a demonstration at the premises of the bank along the Mary Slessor Road in Calabar.
Dr. Enyia said the bank has refused to honour its financial obligations to the state government through the ministry and this will affect the renewal of insurance for Cally Air.
He said the action of the bank will cause huge embarrassment to the government if Cally Air is grounded.
“Last week, we had some need for money and drew an instrument for them to give us our money to ensure that we continue with the operations of our airline.
“By Friday this week, our Airline will be due for renewal of our insurance and you know the Civil Aviation Authority will not give us one day exemption.
“If we cannot pay the money for the renewal of the insurance our airline will be grounded.
“We are ready to go to court and claim damages especially if by tomorrow (Friday) the aircraft is grounded and we are subjected to public ridicule”, he said.
He said they have written to the CBN but action has not been taken yet because of the bureaucracy.
He stressed that if the bank is sinking we are inviting AMCON to come and take over the bank.
He added that the action of the bank is an abuse of the fundamental human rights of the state and condemned the bank for saying their action is sacroscant.
No official of the bank has reacted to the crisis as at press time and customers were stopped from accessing services.