FG Kicks Against Governor Wike's Arrest, Prosecution Of Pilots To Enforce Lockdown [SEE WHY]
April. 08, 2020
The federal government has berated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state for ordering the arrest of two pilots of Caverton Helicopters.
According to Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, aviation matters are on the exclusive list of the federal government and Mr Wike has no right to order the arrest let alone prosecution of the pilots.
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The governor had accused Caverton Helicopter of violating the lockdown order imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
After their arrest, the pilots were subsequently arraigned at a magistrate’s court and remanded in prison till May.
The airline had kicked against the remand of the pilots, saying aviation authorities granted it the permission to fly into Rivers state.
At a press briefing organised by the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sirika corroborate the position of Caverton Helicopters, accusing the security operatives who arrested the pilots on the governor’s order of “displaying ignorance”.
He vowed that the federal government would do every thing legally possible to secure the release of the pilots.
More to follow…
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