Aviaition Minister Condemns Arrest Of Pilots In Rivers, Says FG Gave Them Approval To Fly

Aviaition Minister Condemns Arrest Of Pilots In Rivers, Says FG Gave Them Approval To Fly

4/9/2020 10:28:00 AM

ICYMI: Aviaition Minister Condemns Arrest Of Pilots In Rivers, Says FG Gave Them Approval To Fly

Aviaition Minister Condemns Arrest Of Pilots In Rivers, Says FG Gave Them Approval To Fly

Updated April 8, 2020 The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has faulted the arrest of two pilots of Caverton Helicopters by the Rivers State Government.Mr Sirika who was speaking during the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday, explained that it was wrong for the state government to have carried out the arrests, within Federal Government-owned properties without clearance from federal authorities.

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“Civil Aviation is on exclusive list. So no other person but the Federal Government has authority to legislate upon. So also, the Nigeria Airforce is on exclusive list. There is no other person but the Federal government that has the legal right to legislate upon.

“So the Air force officer who jumped the Commander in Chief and ignored, who also jumped the Chief of Defence Staff and ignored, as well as ignored the Chief of Air Staff, to call a governor to come into a property of the Federal Government to make an arrest has exhibited dangerous ignorance and gross incompetence”.

“The police that also followed the governor to the place to make an arrest have also exhibited dangerous ignorance from our perspective in civil aviation,” Mr Sirika said.Read Also:Wike Orders Arrest Of Two Pilots For Operating In Rivers Despite Border Closure

The pilots were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly violating the executive order issued by the Rivers State Governor aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state.But the Aviation Minister maintained that their operation was indeed approved by the Federal Government as it was in line with national interest.

“Whether we gave the approval for the flight, yes we did and we did in national interest.“All of those flights are for the purposes of improving the national revenue to which Rivers State is the greatest beneficiary.“At a time when oil has gone below $30, and the cost of production is $30, in the wisdom of President Muhammadu Buhari, he thought that this be allowed even in this national pandemic, so that the nation will not be crippled.

“Efforts are on to get the pilots back in national interest,” added.

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U should have send drivers instead of pilots.... But the governer does not want them ,he has to protect the people of the state Fly what? The virus around? Shouldn’t you first clear from the state before railroading a chopper to a state that has a governor? Why was the river state government not informed?

Simple go arrange for there release if indeed you gave them approval to fly unless you are lying... The same FG that said no movement.this our FG self i'm beginnung to think the full meaning is Fail Government This situation occurred because the FG failed to assert its authority when these emperor Governors arbitrarily closed their boarders. President Buhari must act now by instructing the security agencies not to block any state boarder he did not lockdown.

''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''] Pizzazz yummy I thought the honourable minister read the complaint of Rivers state government ealier on. When there is order as though is tyrant in democracy regime. Then, you ask the real definition of democracy.

So many ignorant people in the comments. What Gov Wike did is simply crass and irresponsible and can be seen as an invasion of property of the Fed Govt. Caverton has approval by fmaviationng to carry out oil & gas ops during this period. Bristol, Aero and Carvaton all fly oil workers in and out of facilities, the federal Government and ofcus the whole Nigerian population know that we cant afford to shut down oil and gas industry, Oil and gas is an Essential duty in Nigeria, and all safety measures are taken.

The governor didn't handle this issue well.These pilots & passengers are essential workers that were issued approval by the federal government to operate; he would have simply verified their claims and subjected them to the screening process instead of embarrassing them this way. Dingbats Nigeria government Are you risking our life ask us to have total lockdown and still allowing some unnecessary movement I’m in full support of what rivers state governor did for arresting the pilots and also they should isolate them as well to confirm if they are not infected

Very bad to grant them entry without consent of State Government /security its unjustified. Those security guys should be reprimanded simple as Why is it that the Govt sometimes do really maintain separation of power? Then the River state govt should have been carried along . The FG is mad, they are interested in flying in people into the Niger delta to continue their drilling of oil but neglect the region in their corona virus relief fund. We decentralized power from this mad power drunk people in Abuja.

Gov wike is right he should stand on his grand A clear evidence that leadership has failed at all levels in Nigeria today. Lack of cohesion, arrogance, corruption, pride etc are the obvious symptoms. God will take control. Followers be awake! This is why we need to Restructure this country, so one person doesn't stay in Abuja to determine what happens in my village even when we have an elected individual. Nonsense Government.

And the state Governor said no flight is allowed to land within his jurisdiction. I think what the FG should have done was to call the state governor to brief him on why and when the airline is coming to his state. Gov. Wike's instruction shouldn't have been flagged. DrOyati interpret dis statement - “So the Air force officer who jumped the Commander in Chief and ignored, who also jumped the Chief of Defence Staff and ignored, as well as ignored the Chief of Air Staff, to call a governor to come into a property of the Federal Government ..

Insensitivity. Why did FG not contact the governor of Rivers state and said 'we have issued a flying pass for two pilot to Rivers state'? And everyone we align. Rotimi Amaechi just wants to belittle Wike and Wike is not accepting that. but you guys said to shout It down you make law and debonk it Approval to fly in Rivers State? This is one major disadvantage of the Federal system of government. Can't they respect the wishes of Rivers people? Wike is doing well checkmating the spread of the pandemic & FG should learn from him

All those saying no flight should enter PHC even as it is an international airport, how would Covid-19 medics be transported to PHC if need be? Remember all passengers and flight crew were checked by porthealth at their point of departure The State has the right to it’s own laws, the FG doesn’t rule the whole country and should allow states the right to function.

Controversial This is getting interesting🤔 ...you don't violate or play with people's life using federal might. Law is not respecter of any person. While moving humans when the rule is only essentials are excluded. Nigerians are not ready to see that cororna virus is cured Talking in arrant nonsense Why was the passengers’ medical records not provided and approvals made known to Rivers government? Are the passengers phost? Why are they not been provided?

Yes your true sir What is going on with Nigeria Let's us see the flight permit

Rivers: FG says Caverton pilots get flight approval, as stakeholders demand their release – Daily TrustThe Federal Government on Wednesday said that Caverton Helicopters was granted the flight permit to fly into Port Harcourt, Rivers state as it is the exclusive right of the FG to do so in such circumstance. GovWike release them from prison. I hope these people know that Nigeria is a federation!!!! Did the minister consider the safety of the lives of people living in riverstate before sending in expatriates without any form of test results or certificate

Arrest of Carveton pilots: Service Commanders in Rivers demonstrated dangerous ignorance, gross incompetence - FG - Daily Post NigeriaThe Federal Government has said the Air Force Commander in Port Harcourt, who invited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to arrest Caverton Helicopter Pls help us beg the minister of humanitarian affairs to pay the npower beneficiaries. At this stay at home lock down our march stipends still remain unpaid. We have family and responsilities we are dying of hunger. Pls help us beg Sadiya to pay us Evil people, your plans will not work, Rivers state and its people are God and are protected by God, shame on you FGmuhammadubuhari The state governor already announced the closure of land, water and air over Covid 19

Police arrest two pilots for flying expatriates into Rivers - Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, PoliticsBy Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt   The police have arrested two pilots of Carveton Helicopter for flying expatriates into Rivers State in violation of the ongoing lockdown in state borders to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. The pilots accused of illegally bringing the expatriates were reportedly arrested by the Rivers Taskforce on enforcement of directives … Lol Wetin we no go see or hear. Who gave the craft clearance to land? Good, they must face judgement

BREAKING: FG counters Wike on arrest of pilotsThe Federal Government has frowned at the arrest of the pilots who flew oil workers into Rivers State on Tuesday.It said the Police Commissioner and the... Am sure he must have received an order to let them go immediately. Hmmm...FG, we are seeing you o. I wonder oh

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COVID-19 lockdown: Police arrest 2 Carveton pilots for violating order in Rivers – Daily TrustDandaura, who spoke when the state governor, Nyesom Wike, visited the state Police command in Port Harcourt on Tuesday to ascertain the identity of the suspects, said the pilots violated the regulations regarding the safety of the state. Read more: Wike wicked dem