Management of Executive Jet who was banned for flying Naira Marley to Abuja was has revealed that he was not on the passenger manifest given to Executive Jet Services for the airlift of the troubled musician to Abuja for his last weekend’s concert.
The company indicated that rather than the stage name of the musician, what was on the manifest was Fashola Babatunde, which is the name of Minister of Works and Housing.
Naira Marley’s name is Azeez Fashola, but how Babatunde was added to it was still unknown.
However, apart from Naira Marley,the manifest also included nine other names; Adewunmi Segun, Chinonso Opara, Fashola Adeshina and Adeyeye Tobi.
Others were Michael Opeyemi, Idowu Emmanuel, Seyi Awonuga, Wisdom Intoto and Abayomi Akin.
It was gathered that the jet company received an approval from Sen. Hadi Sirika to operate an essential service to airlift Justice Adefope Okoji to Abuja from Lagos.
Inside source told our correspondent that the Justice was contacted on Saturday for the Sunday flight, but told the charter company that he was already in Abuja.
However, while the airline could not airlift the justice as planned, it was allegedly informed that there was another flight and its Chairman demanded for the manifest of the flight.
According to our sources, there was no indication from the names in the manifest that Naira Marley was part of the flight; it was assumed that the Minister of Works and Housing was actually the person that was travelling.
Besides, the company in an apology letter to Sirika, said that it was a case of mistaken identity.
In the letter to the Minister, signed by Dr. Sam Iwuajoku, the Chairman, Executive Jet Services explained that, “So on Saturday morning, 13th June, 2020 my staff called and told me that they have a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers were already at 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 Hon. Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight, since he is serving Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Sirika had on Monday at the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja said that the company would be shut heavily while financial sanction in accordance to the offence would be imposed on it.