The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended Rivers people for complying with the lockdown declared by the State Government to check the spread of coronavirus, after monitoring the level of compliance on Thursday, Governor Wike said that the level of compliance is up to 95 percent.
He said: “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 regretted that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command DCP, ADAMU ABUBAKAR moved to sabotage the lockdown by issuing illegal letters to companies.
“It is unfortunate to see the level of sabotage that we get from the police. Particularly, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Rivers State Police Command.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police will sign approvals for companies because he wants to collect money. I am the Governor of this state and there cannot be two governors,” he said.
He said the approvals issued by the police or any other authorities, outside the office of the Rivers State Governor are illegal.
The Governor said that all those who were arrested violating the lockdown will be prosecuted by the State Government.
Governor Wike assured Rivers people that the lockdown will be lifted as soon as the objective is achieved.
Governor Wike said that the State Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the illegal activities of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations.
Governor Wike insisted that the impounded vehicles would be auctioned.
In the course of monitoring the level of compliance, Governor Wike arrested several violators and impounded cars.
Governor Wike also arrested some very important persons (VIPS), who were not on essential duties, but were moving around with their police escorts.
But he allowed a pregnant woman who violated the lockdown order, on compassionate grounds.
At the Elekahia Isolation Centre, over 200 persons have been arrested and over 20 vehicles impounded by different teams enforcing the lockdown. They are to face the full weight of the law.#