Federal Government has seized an aircraft belonging to a United Kingdom company, ‘Flair Aviation’ for violating the country’s COVID-19 lockdown. President Muhammadu Buhari had in March 2020, ordered the closure of airports and airspace, as part of efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Ever since then no known company or aircraft has violated the order, until today. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation said “Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably were caught conducting commercial flights in Nigeria. He described the action as callous, saying there would be a maximum penalty for the company. His words, “Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights.
“This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be a maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”