Controversy has continued to trail the suspension of Executive Jets Services Limited, owner of the flight that flew musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley by the federal government.
The flight operator was handed indefinite suspension for flying Marley to Abuja from Lagos for a show after it got approval to fly a judge but instead it airlifted the singer and his crew.
The Chairman and the CEO of the company, Sam Iwuajoku, in his apology letter to the Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, said he approved the journey after he saw Babatunde Fashola on the manifest thinking it was Works and Housing Minister.
Sam also launched a diatribe against Marley in the letter:
He wrote: “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 manifests are always sent to me before departure.
“When I went through the manifest and saw FASHOLA BABATUNDE, I thought it was the Honourable 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.”
In a knee-jerk reaction, the Tesu Mole crooner hit back at the airline.
He said thousands of his fans patronised the company monthly but would cease henceforth.
“Do you know that over 20,000 Marlians travel with executive jets a month? We won’t be using your useless airline again for calling us useless.
“Thank God we didn’t crash on that flight because we nearly did,” he tweeted.
Another strand has however been added to the story with the 26 years old saying truly Bababunde Fashola is in the manifest, adding that it is his younger brother’s name.
“They asked for our names on the jet. My name is Azeez Adeshina Fashola and my little brother’s name is Moshood Babatunde Fashola,” he said.