Executive Jets Services has officially released a statement regarding Naira Marley and Kim Oprah flight from Lagos to Abuja.
The Federal Government yesterday suspended the airline, Executive Jet Services, for flying Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja.
According to the Minister, the aircraft was approved to convey an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Adefope Okogie, from Lagos to Abuja.
The airline has now reacted to the development in a statement signed by Sam Iwuajoku, the Chairman/CEO of Executive Jet Services.
In the statement, Sam Iwuajoku, stated that he allowed the flight, due to a name misconception.
According to him, he felt the name ‘Fashola Babatunde’ was that of the Honorable Minister of Works, and not Naira Marley.
The statement read; “We hereby apologize for the above flight, with your permit rex: FMA/ATMD/0175/V/V/ 1268 dated 11th June. 2020. 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 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 would not happen again. Kindly see attached Passenger Manifest for the flight. Thank you for your understanding.”