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COVID-19: FG Suspends Airline For Flying Naira Marley



For flying Musician, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley to Abuja to attend a concert, the Federal government has suspended a private jet charter and aircraft maintenance firm, Executive Jet Services.

The announcement to suspend the airline was by Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika during Monday’s briefing with the Presidential Task Force in Abuja.

Sirika said the aircraft conveying the musician was supposed to fly from Lagos to Abuja a judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Adefope Okogie.

He said,
“The operation is a clear violation of our approval which we take very seriously. It seems this is becoming a norm. This is 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.”
The minister said the government would henceforth be stricter in granting approvals for private flights.

He said,
“The person on that flight conducted a concert. We approved a flight, certainly not for a musician. The flight was approved to convey Honourable Justice Adefope Okogie from Lagos to Abuja and then back to Lagos for an official assignment.
“In this challenging time, in our wisdom, we decided that judiciary was part of the essential services. Moving a judge from Lagos to Abuja was in order.”

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