Following the agitations of well meaning Nigerians that music artiste, Naira Marley must be brought to book, after he was flown to Abuja to host a concert, the Executive Jets Services Limited, an aviation company, has tendered an apology for flying the artiste.
Recall that as a result of that incident, Jabi lake mall, where the event occured has been sealed off by the federal capital territory administration (FCTA) for violating restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Hadi Sirika, minister for aviation, while speaking during the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said the Executive Jets flight that conveyed Naira Marley for the concert was approved for a different purpose.
He further announced that they have suspended the flight indefinitely, while adding that they would sanction the flight captain for providing false information.
However, in a letter which was addressed to Sirika yesterday, Sam Iwu, the company’s chief executive officer, apologised over the incident.
According to him, the flight was scheduled to convey a judge to Abuja but the Judge had to find his way with another flight.
Iwu said his team later saw an offer to convey another set of people to Abuja.
He said when he saw Babatunde Fashola, he thought it was the minister of works and housing not knowing that “it was a bunch of useless people”.
Read his statement below:
“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 would not happen again.”