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COVID-19 Lockdown: Wike Orders Auctioning Of Seized Vehicles

Governor Wike questions the motive force of a car stopped for driving regardless of the lockdown.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says autos that had been impounded within the state after their house owners had been caught driving them in violation of the lockdown order will likely be auctioned.

The Governor stated this on Thursday in an interview after he went spherical to watch the extent of compliance with the lockdown.

“The defaulters will be tried by the Mobile Courts and I have told the Attorney General, all the impounded vehicles must be auctioned. By tomorrow, the Honourable Attorney General would have advertised those vehicles and we will auction them,” he stated.

“Some folks don’t consider that Coronavirus is in existence. Till you make them perceive that we’re severe, they won’t consider it. We are going to public sale the impounded autos.

“These arrested will face the wrath of the regulation. No person is above the regulation. We won’t enable anybody to sabotage our efforts to guard our folks.”

Whereas monitoring the extent of compliance, Governor Wike oversaw the arrest of a number of violators and the impounding of automobiles.

A few of these arrested had been essential individuals (VIPS), who had been adjudged to not be on important duties, however had been transferring round with their police escorts.

The governor, nevertheless, allowed a pregnant lady who violated the lockdown order, to go on compassionate grounds.

On the Elekahia Isolation Centre, over 200 individuals had been arrested and over 20 autos impounded by completely different groups imposing the lockdown.

95 % compliance

Regardless of his sturdy response to those that violated the lockdown order, the governor is mostly happy with the bigger inhabitants within the state.

“I want to commend Rivers people for the level of support they have shown. The level of compliance is quite satisfactory. It is more than 95 percent within the two Local Government Areas,” he stated.

The governor, nevertheless, accused the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command of making an attempt to sabotage the lockdown by issuing unlawful letters to firms.

“It’s unlucky to see the extent of sabotage that we get from the police. Notably, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Rivers State Police Command.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police will signal approvals for firms as a result of he needs to gather cash. I’m the Governor of this state and there can’t be two governors,” he stated.

He stated the approvals issued by the police or some other authorities, outdoors the workplace of the Rivers State Governor are unlawful.

“I, however, thank the Army, the Navy, and others on what they are doing to enforce the lockdown,” he added.

Lockdowns are a part of measures carried out to curb the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic which has contaminated greater than three million folks globally however they’ve include penalties, particularly for folks dwelling beneath the poverty line and people who have to interact in commerce day by day to eat.

Governor Wike believes the lockdown is little question affecting some folks negatively but it surely stays important.

“Our people are suffering, I agree. But this is something we must do. When we examine the level of compliance and it is reasonable, of course, we will unlock the two Local Government Areas,” he stated.

“It is not in our own interest that people shouldn’t come out or go to the markets. But we are talking about lives and how to protect our people.”



Governor Wike questions the motive force of a car stopped for driving regardless of the lockdown.The governor is sad with what he says are unlawful letters of authorisation issued by the police to some folks., purportedly permitting them to maneuver throughout the lockdown.A few of these arrested for violating the lockdown within the state.

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