Naira Marley: FG bans private jet operator indefinitely

The Federal Government has dropped the hammer on the airline that conveyed Naija Pop star Naira Marley for his controversial Abuja concert.

The minister for aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the flight that conveyed Marley to Abuja for a concert was approved for a different purpose.

Answering questions during the daily briefing on the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday, Sirika said the company has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the breach.

He also said the flight captain will be sanctioned for providing false information.

According to the minister, the flight was approved to convey Adefope Okoji, a justice, for an official assignment.

“We considered judiciary as an essential service to be delivered. The approval was for June 14, 2020, however, we gave a leeway of 24 hours because due to operational reasons they may choose to fly earlier or later,” he said.

“The operator chose to fly on the 13th. The operator is Execujet Services.”

Sirika also read the letter which contained approval for the flight and emphasised on the parts which read “ensure that this operation is strictly and diligently based on the protocol guiding the operation under COVID-19”.

“The operation is a clear violation of our approval to which we take very seriously. Execujet Services is hereby suspended indefinitely. We will also fine them maximamly according to the law.”

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