COVID-19: Am ready to testify against Caverton pilots – Wike   


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared his resolve to testify against two pilots who are in trouble for flying an expatriate into the state.

The pilots, Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari, of Caverton Helicopters had conveyed an expatriate to Port Harcourt after the state has closed her border with the aim to check coronavirus spread.

Their act contravened on-flight order issued by Gov. Wike and landed them in court following which the Chief Magistrate D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi ordered their remand at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre till May 19, when their trial would commence.

The governor has threatened to go any length including breaking protocol in order to ensure justice is served in the case.

Speaking at the office of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, he said: “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.”

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