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Lockdown: Wike Arrests "200 Violators", Impounds Over 20 Vehicles, Vows To Deal With DCP

This is as over "200 Violators" were arrested and over 20 vehicles impounded by different teams enforcing the lockdown in some parts of the affected areas.


Port Harcourt – For violating his order for residents of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpo local government areas of Rivers state to stay at home, Governor Nyesom Wike has promised to deal squarely with the deputy Commissioner of Police, Adamu Abubakar, for allegedly sabotaging government’s effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.

The Governor vowed that the culprits will face the full weight of the law.

Wike, who commended the residents for 95 percent compliance with the lockdown order, described as unfortunate the decision by the state Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to have issued clearance for some companies to move about the affected local government areas despite the lockdown.

“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.

“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.

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“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 Deputy Commissioner of Police has no powers to issue approvals when the State Government has locked down the state. After the State Security Council met and agreed on the lockdown, the Deputy Commissioner of Police went ahead to issue illegal letters to companies to operate.  I have never seen that in my life.”

The Governor said that all those who were arrested violating the lockdown will be prosecuted by the State Government.

“All these violators must be prosecuted at the mobile court set for this purpose. What we are doing is not for any particular individual, it is for the interest of the state.”

Governor Wike assured Rivers people that the lockdown will be lifted as soon as the objective is achieved.

“Our people are suffering, I agree. But this is something we must do. When we examine the level of compliance and it is reasonable, of course, we will unlock the two Local Government Areas.

“It is not in our own interest that people shouldn’t come out or go to the markets. But we are talking about lives and how to protect our people. Look at what is happening in other parts of the country, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations wants us to suffer.”

The Governor said that the State Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the illegal activities of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations.

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“I have called for an emergency Security Council meeting by 3pm today (yesterday). This is a complete sabotage by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Rivers State Police Command. We will deal with that accordingly.

“I, however, thank the Army, the Navy and others on what they are doing to enforce the lockdown. For the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) to sabotage us, that will not be accepted. I arrested those people and he had the guts to tell them to release those I arrested on the road because he is collecting money from companies. That is unacceptable.”

Governor Wike insisted that the impounded vehicles would be auctioned. “The defaulters will be tried by the Mobile Courts and I have told the Attorney General, all the impounded vehicles must be auctioned. By tomorrow, the Honorable Attorney General would have advertised those vehicles and we will auction them.”
Lockdown: Wike Arrests "200 Violators", Impounds Over 20 Vehicles, Vows To Deal With DCP Reviewed by Akande Boluwatife on May 07, 2020 Rating: 5

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