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Those conveying food items during lockdown are liars, up to something more sinister – Wike

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The Executive Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike suspected foul play amidst total lockdown issued in the state to help combat the lingering but spreading deadly disease, Coronavirus.

In a statement during a state broadcast on Saturday, the governor said some persons were apprehended trying to smuggle in essential food items into the state despite restrictions of movement.

He accused those engaging in the act of lies and having something more sinister to endanger the lives of residents and the general public to had breached orders on human and vehicular movements.

Describing the COVID-19 as ‘deadly enemy’ Wike restated that those arrested will face full rot of the law, adding that the state government will not allow anyone or group of persons wishing to risk themselves or innocent people.

Consequently, vehicles with particulars:(i) IVICO Truck with Reg. No. KBK 336 XA; DAF Truck with Reg. No. Adanawa MUB 20 YH; HOWO Truck with Reg. No. Adamawa HNG 608 XA; and DAF Truck with Regi. No. PKM 48594 XA has been forfeited as state property and ready for auctioning, Wike revealed.

He commended the Vigilante group of Rumuigbo in their efforts and resilience to intersect lorries conveying items during the lockdown, therefore rewarded the sum of 5 million naira (N5,000,000.00) to the Community.

He also accused security agents in the state of sabotaging the efforts in place to tackle the deadly virus by accepting bribes and allowing COVID-19 infected patients and items gateway into Rivers State.

He commended residents for complying to the order to stay-at-home, further appealed to continue remaining indoors, sanitize themselves and maintain social distancing.

The governor, who is named Mr Project, however, promised to lift the restrictions as soon as security meetings are concluded to ascertain acceptable measures to follow ahead.


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