Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika has ordered the immediate suspension of private airline, Executive Jet Services, from operating in the country. This is for conveying popular musician Naira Marley to Abuja for a musical concert.
According to the Minister, the return flight that conveyed the musician to and from Abuja was originally approved by the Ministry of Aviation to convey Justice Adefope Okojie, an approval that was fraudulently used by the airline charter company.
In a statement signed Monday by the Director Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu the Minister said the conduct of the Executive Jet Services was a gross violation of the Presidential Task Force regulations and protocols which allowed only flights on essential services.
The Minister announced the suspension order of the local airline during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Sirika reiterated that as much as government would encourage the operation and growth of all operators in the aviation industry, it would not condone actions that undermine government policies and constitute risks to public interests.