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Wike Shuts Storms Caverton Helicopters, Arrests Pilots For Violation Of Movement Restrictions

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike arrested two pilots from Caverton Offshore Support.

Nyesom Wike led the team of some security operatives to arrest the pilots of the Caverton Helicopters in Port Harcourt, the state capital.





The pilots were arrested for illegally moving people into the Nigerian state.

According to Wike, the Caverton aircraft had been used to fly in unknown people, in defiance of the coronavirus quarantine measures. They were delivered to the Air Force base in Port Harcourt.

Rivers is in a “war situation”, the governor said. “We want to know who are those people you brought in so that we have to trace them to know their identity and status. Luckily we have seen the pilot and the co-pilot. They will assist the police to assist in identifying them.”

Governor Wike asked that the Caverton’s pilots be interrogated on reasons they flew passengers into the state.

Since the pandemic Coronavirus broke out in Nigeria, Rivers state has recorded 2 cases of the Coronavirus.

The state government have since been taking strict measures to contain the spread of the virus.

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However, Caverton issued a statement acknowledging the arrest of its pilots and 10 Nigerian passengers. The company said it had “all necessary approvals” from the federal government to be exempt from the presidential restrictions on movement.

“However, it appears that the [Rivers] state government does not recognise these approvals obtained from the federal government and today our staff [have] been detained,” the helicopter company said. The federal government should urge the state government to release the pilots, Caverton said.

Wike, in a statement, acknowledged he lacked the power to close local air links. “But I have the right of saying don’t enter my state because we want to know your status.”

Caverton had “cut corners” at a time when the state government had set out procedures ruling the movement of expatriates from Lagos into Rivers. Security and health checks should have been carried out, the governor said, but “they decided to violate the regulations”.

Two cases of coronavirus have been reported in Rivers. The second case had recently returned from the UK and had come via Lagos.

Wike said the police should prosecute the case in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

Caverton provided approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to continue providing flights for the oil and gas industry for an initial period of three months, dated April 1.

 

 

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