The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jet Services Limited, Dr Sam Iwuajoku has stated that the Airline mistook the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for Naira Marley as they apologized for breaching COVID-19 regulations by flying the singer and his colleagues from Lagos to Abuja.
In a statement released and signed by the Airline CEO on Monday, he explained that the manifest carried 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”.
The letter reads:
“We hereby apologize for the above flight, with your permit ref: PMA/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 (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.” This came after the Federal Government suspended the airline licence for breaching COVID-19 regulations by flying the celebrities amid ban on inter-state travels to curb the spread of the virus’s pandemic.