Naira Marley Concert: Aviation Minister suspends private jet company

By Adelola Amihere

For illegally conveying popular musician Naira Marley to Abuja for a musical concert, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has ordered the suspension of operation licence of private airline, Executive Jet Services, with immediate effect.

In a statement signed by James Odaudu, Director, Public Affairs, the return flight that conveyed the musician to and from Abuja was originally approved by the Ministry of Aviation to convey Justice Adefope Okojie, an approval that was fraudulently used by the airline charter company.

He said the conduct of the Executive Jet Services was a gross violation of the Presidential Task Force regulations and protocols which allowed only flights on essential services.

The Minister announced the suspension order of the local airline during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Sirika 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.

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