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Nigeria impounded a plane operated by a British company because it contravened flight ban imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Nigeria had for weeks now banned passenger flights into the country, with the exception of ones to evacuate people or repatriate Nigerian citizens. The ban will remain in place until at least June 4.

Flights for essential services, such as the delivery of food supplies and items for humanitarian use, are permitted.

Hadi Sirika said on Twitter that a plane had been impounded after the rules were broken, adding that a UK company “was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights”.

“The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty.”

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