Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state of sabotaging the lockdown imposed on the state to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state by issuing illegal letters to companies to operate.
He also commended Rivers people for complying with the lockdown declared by the state government to check the spread of coronavirus. ” Wike spoke in an interview after monitoring the level of compliance, yesterday, during which several offenders, including a private guard and others were arrested and dragged to the state Isolation Centre, Elekahia.
He said: “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 of the state. “It is unfortunate to see the level of sabotage that we get from the police. Particularly, a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state. The Deputy Commissioner of Police will sign approvals for companies. I am the governor of this state and there cannot be two governors. “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 anything in my life.” “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. “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 councils. “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, but the Deputy Commissioner of Police wants us to suffer. “I have called for an emergency security Council meeting. This is a complete sabotage by the Deputy Commissioner of Police. 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 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. That is unacceptable. ” Wike insisted that the impounded vehicles would be auctioned.
He said, “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 Attorney General would have advertised those vehicles and we will auction them. “Some people don’t believe that Coronavirus is in existence. Until you make them understand that we are serious, they will not believe it.