Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has come out to say that he is ready to set aside his immunity to testify against persons who violate the state’s border closure regulations aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Wike revealed that safeguarding the people of Rivers State is a key assignment that must be executed with complete seriousness.
According to him, the coronavirus is a war situation because it is even worse than a conventional war, which is why every state in the country must be careful with who comes in at this point.
He added that the support of every citizen is needed because he has a right to say no one should enter the state until his or her status is known.
His words, “I am willing to drop my immunity as a governor as far as this case is concerned. I am ready to be a prosecution witness.”
“I want to say this is a serious matter to us and police should handle it seriously. That’s why I am here at the state command to show the seriousness of this issue.
“Nobody says that you can’t go to any state but now we are in a war situation. This COVID-19 is even worse than a conventional war. 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.”
“I have always said that we need the support of everybody. Nobody knows the status of those coming into Port Harcourt. Nobody knows whether they are positive or negative . I have said before that I don’t have right to close the airport . But I have the right of saying don’t enter my state because we want to know your status.”
On Carveton Helicopters breaking the movement rules, “The company wrote to us about bringing people which I forwarded to Commissioner of Police to perform security checks and the health officials to perform their duties before allowing them to come on.That is for those performing essential duties. But they decided to violate the regulations.”