Coronavirus: Wike Threatens Not To Allow Passengers Into Rivers State
The Executive Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has closed air, sea and land borders over Coronavirus.
The announcement is to take effect from today, Thursday, March 26.
Wike made the announcement in a state broadcast on Wednesday.
He said, “The State Security Council has taken the following painful decisions: With effect from 6 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, will not be open to air traffic.
The governor said the move is to further curtail the spread of the virus into the state.
“Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence, no vehicle will leave Rivers State for any other state and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state. New measures will be put in place until further notice, Wike said in the broadcast.
Nigeria had banned International flights into the country’s airport, including the Port Harcourt International Airport.
But local flights were still allowed to operate.
The governor warned that passenger would not be allowed to enter into the state after landing at the Port Harcourt airport.
“While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our state. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and other federal agencies will cooperate with us. All land and sea borders will be closed.
“Let me reiterate that security agencies have been empowered to strictly enforce this directive. There will be no room for sacred cows because the virus is no respecter of persons.”