Coronavirus: FG queries Gov. Wike over arrest of pilots

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FG, Wike play politics over deadly disease

The federal government Wednesday frowned at the arrest of the pilots who flew oil workers into Rivers state on Tuesday, April 7.

The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, and the Commander of the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt, would have to answer for alleged incompetence, The Nation reports.

The newspaper reports that Sirika stated in his reaction to the arrest in Port Harcourt that the federal government would take necessary and constitutional actions on the matter.

Governor Wike had on Tuesday ordered the arrest of two helicopter pilots who allegedly violated the lockdown order by flying in expatriates after all routes leading to the state were closed.

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Their arrest came after the state government issued an Executive Order closing all borders to curb the spread of coronavirus in the South-South state.

The two pilots have been remanded in prison by a Port Harcourt magistrate court.

The governor further said he was willing to testify against anyone who disobeys the state’s border closure regulations.
The pilots were operating essential oil and gas services, as approved by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s notice to airmen, according to the Flight Crew Association of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has also ordered the closure of all schools in Rivers state including the tertiary institutions amid rising coronavirus tension.

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