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Nigeria has impounded an airplane owned by Flair Aviation, an international aviation company for contravening the West-African countries aviation regulations.

Nigeria’s Aviation minister Hadi Sirika announced this on Twitter, the social-messaging app. Mr Sirika Tweeted: “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!”.

He claimed that Flair Aviation had used the plane to operate commercial services after it had been granted a permit solely for operating humanitarian flights in the country. Mr Sirika said that the government would punish the firm appropriately. He also said the crew was being interrogated.

The Lagos Times could not immediately ascertain the identity of the company that operated the flights.

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