Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has announced his decision on what to do to the 14 Persons hidden in two trailers that were conveying cattle to the State from Adamawa State.
Governor Wike said that the trailers were intercepted following credible intelligence from some well meaning Nigerians that some of them were making their way into Rivers State.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Electronic Media) to the Governor, Simeon Nwakaudu, the culprits were arrested at Rumuigbo in Port Harcourt metropolis.
Part of the decision taken by Governor Wike and has so ordered includes the prosecution of the 14 persons by the Mobile Court constituted by the administration under the Executive Order 6 signed for the declaration of the lockdown.
Mr Nwakaudu said the governor has also directed the State Ministry of Health to conduct tests on the 14 persons to ascertain their coronavirus status.
According to him, Governor Wike said: “This fight has nothing to do with individuals. The law must take its course. You are aware of what is happening and then some people want to illegally smuggle persons into the state.
“The Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor are under lockdown and the law must be obeyed. The trailers and the cows will be auctioned tomorrow.
“The arrest of the trailers has vindicated him.
“The security agencies have failed the people of Rivers State as they collect money and allow defaulters to slip through the border.
“You heard them saying that they gave money to the security agencies before they were allowed to cross the border.
“The owner of the cattle in the phone interview said they have fallen short of the law.”
“People must be alive to eat cow, hence the lockdown to protect the lives of Rivers people.
“The desperation to smuggle people into Rivers State is deplorable and the State Government will remain vigilant, despite the challenges we are facing.
One of the defaulters, Ahmed Aliyu said that they were contracted from Adamawa State to bring cattle to one Alhaji at the new slaughter in Oyigbo. He said that he thought that the lockdown will start by 10pm.
Mr Aliyu said they were allowed to move into the state after they gave a bribe of N1,500 to security personnel at the state border which was supposed to be closed.
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