By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has arrested 14 individuals present in two trailers loaded with cows heading for Port Harcourt, the state capital, regardless of the 24-hour lockdown to examine the coronavirus pandemic within the capital metropolis.

The Governor, in response to a press release by his Particular Assistant on Digital Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, defined {that a} tip-off from some individuals led to the arrest.

Noting the defaulters have been arrested at Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Space, Wike ordered the prosecution of the 14 individuals by the Cell Court docket constituted by his administration beneath the Government Order Six he signed for the declaration of the lockdown.

He additionally directed the State Ministry of Well being to conduct exams on the 14 individuals to determine their coronavirus standing.

He stated: “This combat has nothing to do with people. The legislation should take its course. You’re conscious of what’s taking place after which some folks need to illegally smuggle individuals into the state.

”The Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor are beneath lockdown and the legislation should be obeyed. The trailers and the cows shall be auctioned tomorrow.”

Wike stated that the arrest of the trailers vindicated his earlier place that safety companies have been gathering cash on the borders to permit folks into the state.

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He stated: “You heard them saying that they gave cash to the safety companies earlier than they have been allowed to cross the border. The proprietor of the cattle within the telephone interview stated they’ve fallen in need of the legislation”.

He decried the extent of desperation to smuggle folks into Rivers State however stated the federal government would stay vigilant regardless of the challenges.

The Governor additionally charged the Rivers State COVID-19 Native Governments Process Power to establish accommodations nonetheless working through the lockdown to allow the federal government demolish them.

Inaugurating the Rivers State COVID-19 Native Governments Process Power on the Authorities Home, Port Harcourt, the federal government additionally charged them to establish erring beer parlours.

He stated: “From tomorrow, transfer in. Any resort that’s working , establish it and we’ll convey down the accommodations. I’ve the political will. These individuals who disobey, will face the results.”

Wike stated that the Process-Power should be decisive to make sure that coronavirus was not accommodated in Rivers State.

He stated: “No one ought to come from exterior to compound our issues. You then need to import this invisible killer. We is not going to that.

“If we permit what is going on to proceed, we don’t have the capability to face it. And there shall be no assist from any Quarter,” he stated.

He charged the operatives of the taskforce to see their appointment as a chance to defend the state saying that members of the outfit can be on authorities payroll.

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