The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has suspended a private airline, Executive Jet Services, from operating in the country with immediate effect after conveying popular musician, Naira Marley to Abuja for a musical concert.
In a statement, Sirika said the return flight was originally approved by the Ministry of Aviation to convey Justice Adefope Okojie, an approval that was fraudulently used by the airline charter company.
The minister said the conduct of the Executive JJet Services was a gross violation of the Presidential Task Force regulations and protocols on covid-19 which allowed only flights on essential services.
Sirika announced the suspension order of the local airline during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He 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.
Editor: Tunde Orebiyi