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COVID-19: Wike Orders Arrest Of Two Pilots For Operating In Rivers Despite Border Closure


The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the arrest of two helicopter pilots for allegedly violating the Govt Order issued by the state authorities to curb the unfold of coronavirus within the state.

They’ve additionally been remanded in jail by a Port Harcourt Justice of the Peace Court docket, even because the governor declared that he’s keen to put aside his immunity to testify in opposition to anybody who violates the state’s border closure rules.

He mentioned this on the workplace of the state Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Mustapha Dandaura, in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, following the arrest of the pilots whom he (Wike) mentioned had illegally transported expatriates to the state.

In response to the Flight Crew Affiliation of Nigeria, the pilots had been working important oil and fuel companies, as permitted by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s discover to airmen.

Reacting to the incident, the helicopter firm mentioned its consumer, in addition to, itself had the approval/ exemption to fly and proceed operations within the oil and fuel trade.

In a press assertion, the corporate mentioned it was knowledgeable that Governor Wike was coming to handle the operators in Port Harcourt they usually waited.

“But on arriving, the governor directed two of our pilots to be taken to CID where they were told to write statements and will be remanded till the 19th of May,” the corporate mentioned.

They, subsequently, appealed to the Federal Authorities to ask the Rivers State Authorities to launch their pilots who in line with them, have violated no regulation and had been unduly punished.

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