The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has faulted the arrest of two pilots of Caverton Helicopters by the Rivers State Authorities.
Mr Sirika who was talking in the course of the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday, defined that it was improper for the state authorities to have carried out the arrests, inside Federal Authorities-owned properties with out clearance from federal authorities.
“Civil Aviation is on unique listing. So no different individual however the Federal Authorities has authority to legislate upon. So additionally, the Nigeria Airforce is on unique listing. There is no such thing as a different individual however the Federal authorities that has the authorized proper to legislate upon.
“So the Air drive officer who jumped the Commander in Chief and ignored, who additionally jumped the Chief of Defence Employees and ignored, in addition to ignored the Chief of Air Employees, to name a governor to return right into a property of the Federal Authorities to make an arrest has exhibited harmful ignorance and gross incompetence”.
“The police that also followed the governor to the place to make an arrest have also exhibited dangerous ignorance from our perspective in civil aviation,” Mr Sirika mentioned.
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The pilots had been arrested on Tuesday for allegedly violating the chief order issued by the Rivers State Governor aimed toward curbing the unfold of coronavirus within the state.
However the Aviation Minister maintained that their operation was certainly authorised by the Federal Authorities because it was in step with nationwide curiosity.
“Whether or not we gave the approval for the flight, sure we did and we did in nationwide curiosity.
“All of these flights are for the needs of bettering the nationwide income to which Rivers State is the best beneficiary.
“At a time when oil has gone under $30, and the price of manufacturing is $30, within the knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari, he thought that this be allowed even on this nationwide pandemic, in order that the nation won’t be crippled.
“Efforts are on to get the pilots again in nationwide curiosity,” added.