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FG Seizes Aircraft Conducting Commercial Flights Into Nigeria Amidst Lockdown

Valentine Chinyem

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Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, Flair Aviation, an aviation company with ties to Germany and the United Kingdom, has been caught operating commercial flights into the country.

According to Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, the company was given clearance for humanitarian operations alone.

The minister added that the aircraft has been seized, while the crew are being interrogated.

Giving the update via his official Twitter handle, @hadisirika, the minister said, ”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, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”

As part of efforts to curtail the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in the country, Nigeria government had imposed a total lockdown in the country and barred flights, from outside and within the country on March 21.