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Wike impounds two trailer loads of cows for violating lockdown



RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike has impounded two trailers loaded with cows and effected the arrests of 14 Persons hidden in the trailers conveying cattle from Adamawa State to Port Harcourt.

The governor according to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu said that the cows and the trailers would be auctioned and ordered the prosecution of the 14 persons by the Mobile Court constituted by the administration under the Executive Order 6 signed for the declaration of the lockdown.

  Noting that the defaulters were arrested at Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, the governor ordered the prosecution of the 14 persons by the Mobile Court constituted by his administration under the Executive Order Six he signed for the declaration of the lockdown.

  Governor Wike said that the trailers were intercepted following intelligence from well-meaning Nigerians who some them making their way into Port Harcourt.

  He also directed the State Ministry of Health to conduct tests on the 14 persons to ascertain their coronavirus status.

He said: “This fight has nothing to do with individuals. The law must take its course. You are aware of what is happening and then some people want to illegally smuggle persons into the state. The Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor are under lockdown and the law must be obeyed. The trailers and the cows will be auctioned tomorrow.

  Wike said that the arrest of the trailers vindicated his earlier position that security agencies were collecting money at the borders to allow people into the state.

  He said: “You heard them saying that they gave money to the security agencies before they were allowed to cross the border.   The owner of the cattle in the phone interview said they have fallen short of the law”.

  Wike said that people must be alive to eat cow, hence the lockdown to protect the lives of Rivers people.

  He decried the level of desperation to smuggle people into Rivers State, but said the government would remain vigilant despite the challenges.

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