Federal Government suspends Executive Jet
The Federal Government suspends Executive Jet services, the airline that reportedly flew Naira Marley on their private jet from Lagos to Abuja for his drive-in concert on Saturday, June 13.
The was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who announced it at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 yesterday June 15, He said the aviation company violated the Federal government’s approval.
According to the minister, an approval was given to the aircraft to fly Justice Adefope Okoji from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos on an official assignment.
We approved a flight but certainly not for any musician. The flight, from the application, was to convey Honourable Justice Adefope Okojie from Lagos to Abuja for an official assignment.
“In this challenging time, in our wisdom, we considered the judiciary to be part of the essential service to be delivered. Having to move the Hon. Justice from Lagos to Abuja was in order. The approval was given for the 14th of June, 2020, however, we do give them a leeway of 24 hours sometimes due to operational reasons.
They can operate the flight slightly earlier or slightly forward within 24 hours. In this case, the operator choose to fly on the 13th at about 6:00 pm. So, that itself is not a violation to operate earlier because we gave him the leeway.
The minister Sirika, said
“The operation is a clear violation of our approvals which we take seriously, it seems this is becoming a norm, it’s the second time.So, Executive Jet Services is hereby suspended indefinitely and they will face the law.
“The captain will also be sanctioned for giving wrong information to the control tower. It seems also that people are not tired of trying our resolve and we are not tired of living up to our responsibilities. Governance is a serious matter.”
He further stated that, henceforth, there will be stricter procedures before granting approvals for private flights.
Barely 24hours before the announcement the Federal Capital Territory Administration sealed off Jabi Lake Mall, the venue of the concert for two weeks for violating the government’s ban on public gathering.
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