Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, said a move by a coronavirus victim in Abuja to allegedly smuggle the pandemic into the state was foiled by security operatives.
Wike regaled Rivers residents with a colourful account of how a coronavirus victims was determined to come down to the state and infected residents with the dreaded disease in a live broadcast in Port Harcourt where he announced stringent measures adopted by his government to fight the scourge.
The governor said: “It is with gratitude to God that I announce to you that our state would have been infected with Coronavirus yesterday (Tuesday) but for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip-off, prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt. The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her.
“Based on this alarming information, the State Security Council (SEC) met yesterday (Tuesday) and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was an urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.”