By our reporter| Executive Jets Services Limited, an aviation company, on Tuesday tendered an apology over its role in flying Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, to Abuja for a concert last weekend.
The airline and the pilot of the air craft that flew the singer to Abuja was suspended indefinitely on Monday by the federal government for flouting the COVID-19 guidelines on inter state movement.
But in a letter addressed to Aviation minister on Monday, Sam Iwu, the company’s chief executive officer, apologised over the incident.
According to him, the flight was approved to convey a judge to Abuja but said the intended passenger had found his way to Abuja with the help of another flight, however, they later got an offer to convey another set of passengers they thought was Fashola Babatunde, the minister for works.
The company’s chairman said they later came to realise the passenjers were,“a bunch of useless people”.
The letter read, “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.”