“Failure to meet these demands will incur the wrath of our unions and we shall have no choice than to mobilise the entire aviation community against Governor Wike and Rivers State Government at the appropriate time.” NyesomWike Caverton Coronavirus
A coalition of aviation workers’ unions has urged the Federal Government to wade into the arrest and detention of two pilots and their passengers in Rivers State, and ensure their immediate freedom to avert imminent boycott of Rivers airspace.
The workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and Flight Crew Association of Nigeria (FCAN), insisted that there was no justification for the incarceration.
General Secretary of NUATE, Ochème Aba, said they were completely taken aback and miffed by the unwarranted and unlawful arrest of two Nigerian pilots and entire passengers of a helicopter operated into the Nigerian Airforce Base in Port Harcourt.
The flight, according to them, was a special operation approved by all relevant government agencies, including the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in full compliance with the provisions of the Federal Government order on restrictions of movement following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It beats our imagination how Governor Wike, a lawyer, would so flagrantly discountenance the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which vests legislation and regulation of aviation matters exclusively on Federal Government, and how he could so assume the power to invade a military base, accost aviation personnel, who were on lawful national assignment and purportedly prosecute and remand innocent citizens and legal foreign workers, contrary to everything reasonable and lawful, and in such bizarre manner.”
Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Francis Akinjole, the unions demand the immediate and unconditional release of the pilots and oil and gas workers.“We, in like vain, demand an unqualified public apology to the personnel – pilots and passengers- and the companies involved – Caverton Helicopters and Shell Petroleum, as well as adequate recompense for the same persons and companies for personal damages and losses in revenue.
“Failure to meet this demands will incur the wrath of our unions and we shall have no choice than to mobilise the entire aviation community against Governor Wike and Rivers State Government at the appropriate time, at the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Akinjole said.
President of NATCA, Abayomi Agoro, said the matter was civil in nature and are appropriate channels and procedure that should had been adopted to resolve the matter.But since that was not done, “we urge the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene and ensure that immediate and unconditional release of these pilots who have subjected to this unwarranted punishment not known to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Be like una no know Wike. What he will do he will do, if u like jump up and down. He wants his corona allocation, can do anything to get it. In the land of petty politics, he is King. Please governor Wike, do all you can to protect the people you're governing. People controls money and not the other way round. Life is more important than money. Thank God for your courage. I'll vote you as Nigerian president to protect this great nation and liberate the people.
That's mere threatening, don't the union aware of Rivers lockdown? You flew passengers in to endangered millions of life for money!! I standvwith GOVERNOR WIKE & rivers state gvrt I stand with Governor Wike on this matter. NigAirForce CAS_AMSadique NGRPresident “someone invaded a military base to arrest .....” is this not a SHAME ?
Caverton should do the right thing and stop flouting the governor order, I believe if they have done the needful we wouldn't be hearing all this news Simple solution. Declare the identity of the passengers and submit the flight manifest; Caverton & supporters choose sentiments. Aviation businesses 'loss or profit' are calibrated in hours, days. Caverton-Do the right thing and go back to business...
Yapotuba GovWike was right. The FG does not control affairs in Rivers State, the Governor does. The health safety of every citizen in Rivers is his responsibility. The Helicopter Company should have as a matter of responsibility sought the States approval. I stand with GovWike . Those pilots were illegally flying foreigners into Rivers state without due checks at a time of a global pandemic like corona virus. If you were the governor, I'm sure you will do harsher things
Port Harcourt is one of their major cash cows of Nigeria, the aviation community will lose money, the commuters will have a difficult time. Everybody loses. Empty threat of politically driven sector. When you have a Tout as a governor.
Arrested pilots: Aviation workers threaten to stop flight operations in RiversWhat Is Threaten The Man Say No Oil Exploration Till You Finish You're COVID-19 That You People Brought, You're Shouting You Don't Want To Fly. You must be mad, after flouting the state governor's fiat you're making a pointless threat? wcmen007 Did you answer the question of what they came to do. What was their mission?
Court remands 10 Caverton helicopters' passengers in Rivers – Daily TrustA Port Harcourt Chief Court has ordered the remand of 10 passengers, who flew into Port Harcourt on board the Twin-Otter Caverton ... To be a pilot in Nigeria has become a crime. Smh This is an affront on the FG and the Governor should be made to know that federal directive supersede state directive. Wike is mean. Some guys will be like, I can't marry a lady that can not cook.. Do you even have the food stuffs self nonsense 🏃
COVID-19: court remands 10 helicopter passengers in RiversThe Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has remanded the 10 passengers of the Twin-Otter Caventon Helicopter following...
Rivers Court Remands 10 Caverton Helicopters' Passengers for Lockdown Violation - THISDAYLIVEBy Ernest Chinwo A Port Harcourt Chief Magistrates’ Court presided over by Chief Magistrate D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi has ordered the remand of 10 passengers who flew into the Air Force Base Port Harcourt on board the Twin-Otter Caventon Helicopters Tuesday. The 10 were charged for flying into Port Harcourt illegally by disobeying Governor Nyesom Wike ’s …
Rivers court remands 10 Caverton Helicopters’ passengersWike dey vex oh🤣🤣 Are they not aware of the lockdown? Femi Falana and so called human rights lawyers won't see this
Rivers seals off Caverton office in Port Harcourt – Daily TrustThe Rivers State Government on Thursday sealed off Caverton Helicopters office located inside the Nigerian Air Force base in Port Harcourt. We don't realise we are digging holes for ourselves sigidi n s'ere ete... Really! Gov Wike and his dramas