By Lawani Mikairu
The Chief Executicve Officer of Executive Jet Services Limited, Dr Sam Iwuajoku, yesterday apologized to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika for the corporate’s involvement within the Naira Marley breach of the federal authorities lockdown order.
According to the non-public constitution airline firm CEO, he mistook the title Fashola on the manifest of the flight to imply that of Minister of Works and thought the flight was being operated to airlift Mr Babatunde Fashola and his entourage to Abuja as an alternative of the favored musician Azeez Fashola, often known as Naira Marley.
Iwuajoku in a letter addressed to Sirika dated June 15, 2020, titled, “Flight for 13/06/2020 done by Executive Jet Services to Abuja”, stated : “We hereby apologized for the above flight, with your permit ref: FMA/ATMD/0175/V/V/1268 dated June 11, 2020”.
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Explaining the combination up, he stated the flight was to hold a Judge to Abuja on Sunday June 12, 2020 as requested and allow was granted based mostly on the applying however sadly when he referred to as the decide on Saturday morning to tell him that they’d the allow, the Judge stated that he had reached Abuja already with a distinct flight that somebody gave him a raise to Abuja.
“So, on Saturday morning June 13, 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 Honourable 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 . We are very sorry for this mistake and we promise that this would not happen again.”
“According to the passenger manifest dated, June 13, 2020 made accessible to us, the Lagos-Abuja-Lagos flight conveyed to Abuja, Adewunmi Segun, Chinonso Opara, Fashola Babatunde, Fashola Adeshina and Adeyeye Tobi.
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Others had been Michael Opeyemi, Idowu Emmanuel, Seyi Awonuga, Wisdom Intoto and Abayomi Akin”.
Recall the federal authorities had on Monday suspended Executive Jets Services for flying fashionable musician Azeez Fashola often known as Naira Marley opposite to the approval it was granted.
The musician featured and entertained fun-seekers on the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja over the weekend.
Speaking on the day by day briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika introduced the suspension of the operation of Executive Jets Service indefinitely for the infraction.
The minister additionally stated the captain who operated the flight can be sanctioned for deceptive the management tower.
Sirika stated: “Well, we accepted a flight however definitely not for any musician. The flight, from the applying, was to convey Justice Adefope Okojie from Lagos to Abuja and again to Lagos for an official task.
“In this challenging time, in our wisdom, we considered the judiciary to be part of the essential service to be delivered. Having to move the Hon. Justice from Lagos to Abuja was in order”, he stated.