Following the public outcry over the airlift of Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley to a concert in Abuja last Saturday, the management of Executive Jets Services said it has apologised over the mix up in the operation of its flight on Saturday, 13 June, 2020.
The operator in a statement signed by Babatunde Olonade, Public Relations Manager said having realised the mistake made by its ground crew, a full scale investigation has been launched to determine what transpired with a view to avoid such mistakes going forward.
According the Charter flight operator, a letter of apology has been sent to the Honourable Minister of Aviation who had graciously granted the airline a permit ref: FMA/ATMD/0175/v/v/1268 dated 11th June 2020.
Olonade stated that is necessary however to clarify that the flight was originally billed to ferry Judge Adefope Okojie to Abuja on Sunday 14th, 2020 as requested and permit was granted based on the application.
However, he explained that early on Saturday, 13 June, 2020, “we got information that owing to exigencies of duty, the Honourable Justice Okojie had departed Lagos for Abuja by an another flight. A few moments later, our airport staff reported that there is a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers were already at the lounge.The passenger manifest had 10 names, including FASHOLA, BABATUNDE, which name bears resemblance to that of the Honourable Minister of Works. The Minister is a Lagosian and our staff reasonably assumed he was going to Abuja along with his aides and officials.”
Olonade said, “With the benefit of hindsight, we were too eager to fly a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, apparently without strictly observing all necessary protocols. We express sincere apology for this oversight as we promise that this would not happen again.
The management of Executive Jets has no issues with Naira Marley and his team. Indeed, we hold all our fliers in very high esteem at all times. The seemingly disparaging reference in the letter to the Minister was inadvertent and regrettable, he added.”