It said the flight was actually approved for a Lagos High Court Judge, Justice Adefowope Okojie.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who stated this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the aviation authorities approved the flight on June 14 having considered the judge to be on essential duties.
According to him: “We wrote a letter approving the chartered flight for Justice Adefowope Okojie and we authorised the flight for June 14. We have been subsequently shocked that the flight took off on June 13 and likewise shocked on the passengers.”
He said the investigation was ongoing to know the pilot of the plane and those aviation officials who were around when the flight took off in Lagos and landed in Abuja.