The Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announced the lifting of the ban placed on Executive Jets Services Limited, an aviation company that musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert in June.
CANDIID ONLINE recalls that the federal government had on June 15 suspended the airline indefinitely for flouting the rules of the restriction on interstate movement and closure of airports at the time.
“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,” Sirika said.
In a letter dated June 15, 2020 and addressed to Aviation Minister Sirika, the Chairman and CEO of ExecuJet’s, Sam Iwuajoku apologized for the flight that took Naira Marley to Abuja and referred to the rapper and his crew as a “bunch of useless people.”
Iwuajoku admitted that “the flight was to carry a Judge to Abuja on Sunday 14th, 2020 as requested and permit was granted based on the application, but unfortunately, when I called the Judge on Saturday morning to inform him that we have the permit, he then said that he has reached Abuja already with a different flight, that someone gave him a lift to Abuja.”
The recent announcement of the ban lift was made at the daily briefing on the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
According to SaharaReporters the jet, Bombardier Challenger 605 with registration number 5N-EXS, is owned by businessman Sam Iwajoku but operated by Executive Jet Services he co-owns with business merchant, Aliko Dangote.
Executive Jet Services has an approved AOC license issued by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the license allows several aircraft to operate using its AOC including the ones owned by Dangote.