Executive Jet Service Limited, the aviation company that flew Nigerian artist Naira Marley, into Abuja has tendered an apology for breaking interstate travel rules.
The action had led to disciplinary measures by the federal capital territory administration (FCTA) to seal off the Jabi Lake mall, which hosted the artist.
During the Monday briefing by the Presidential Task Force, Hadi Sirika, Minister for Aviation, also extended the sanction to Executive Jets flight that conveyed Naira Marley, by announcing indefinite suspension of the flight.
In a statement by the CEO, Executive Jets lTD, Sam Iwu, the company said that the jet was intended to convey a judge to Abuja who later joined a different flight, but they had to carry on with the flight when they saw another client with the name Fashola Babatunde.
According to him, the company thought it was Nigeria’s serving minister, but, “I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people.”
“We hereby apologize for the above flight, with your permit ref: PMA/ATMD/0175/V/V/1268 dated 11th June, 2020,” the letter read.
“Please 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.
“So on Saturday morning 13th June, 2020 my staff called me that they have a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers are already in the lounge as a rule passenger manifest is always sent to me before any departure, when I went through the manifest and I saw FASHOLA BABATUNDE I thought it was the Honorable Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight since (he) is a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people.
“We are very sorry for this mistake and we promise that this will not happen again,” he added.