The management of Executive Jets Services said it has commenced full-scale investigation on the mix up on its flight that was originally scheduled to convey Judge Adefope Okojie to Abuja on Saturday, June 13, 2020, but which eventually ferried Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Manager of the airline, Babatunde Olonade, explained that the investigation would determine what transpired with a view to avoiding such mistakes going forward.
The statement stated that the airline has been apprised of the mix up in the operation of its flight on Saturday, June 13, 2020, adding that the airline has since realized the mistake made by its ground crew and that a full-scale investigation has been launched to determine what transpired with a view to avoiding such mistakes going forward.
“We have also sent a letter of apology to the Honourable Minister of Aviation, who had graciously granted us a permit ref: FMA/ATMD/0175/v/v/1268 dated 11th June 2020,” the statement said.
For clarity, Executive Jets Services stated that it was necessary to state as follows:
- The flight was originally billed to ferry Judge Adefope Okojie to Abuja on Sunday 14th, 2020 as requested, and a permit was granted based on the application. 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 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.
- 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 a sincere apology for this oversight as we promise that this would not happen again.
Meanwhile, the management of Executive Jets has said that it has no issues with Naira Marley and his team, adding that the disparaging reference in the letter to the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika was not only inadvertent but also regrettable.
“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,” the airline management said.