Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, says Execujet, the flight company that conveyed singer Naira Marley and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Kim Oprah, to Abuja for a concert, has been suspended indefinitely.
The minister said the flight was approved for a different purpose, to convey a serving judge from Lagos to Abuja and back, on official assignment.
But the flight operator violated the approval, he said.
He also said the flight crew will be punished for providing misleading information while the flight captain will also be sanctioned for providing false information.
“We approved a flight indeed, but not for any musician. The approved flight was to convey a justice on official assignment, but ExecuJet illegally used it to convey musician to Abuja for a concert. We have suspended ExecuJet’s operations indefinitely, (it) will also be fined,” the minister said.
The development comes barely 24 hours after the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) sealed Jabi Lake Mall for violating the ban on public gatherings.
Naira Marley held a concert at Jabi mall on Saturday in contravention of the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Many Nigerians have also taken to social media to criticise Naira Marley, Kim Oprah, and the organisers of the concert, Play Network.