The Federal Government has impounded an aircraft belonging to a British company for violating presidential order barring commercial flights into the country.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Sunday in a tweet sighted by SaharaNews on his Twitter handle, @hadisirika.
He said the company, Flair Aviation, was authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights.
Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a fine would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the importation of coronavirus.
“COVID-19. 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 maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve,” the minister tweeted.