The suspects, said to be oil workers, were arrested at the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt on Wednesday by the police and subsequently charged to court for disobeying government’s orders on restriction of movement. Wike Aviation Nigeria Rivers
The suspects, said to be oil workers, were arrested at the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt on Wednesday by the police and subsequently charged to court for disobeying government’s orders on restriction of movement.Governor Nyesom Wike had on March 19signed an Executive Order on COVID-19.
The governor, who had acknowledged that while his government might not have the legal right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, said it would not allow anybody coming from the airport to enter the state.But on Sunday, the governor, in state broadcast, said the state had been inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill oil.
He stressed that despite not supporting the state’s effort to deal with the pandemic, the Federal Government had continued to endanger the state by in flying expatriates.Amid the friction, the pilots on Wednesday conveyed passengers into Port Harcourt. It was alleged that the pilots and passengers, refused to subject themselves to prescribed tests. It was on this basis that the pilots and 10 passengers were arrested and subsequently arraigned before courts of competent jurisdiction to face trial.
Reacting, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, declared that the pilots were duly authorised to fly into the Air Force base, while Wike declared them persona non grata in the state.The governor also instructed council chairmen to stop all operations of the helicopter company in their localities.
Meanwhile, legal practitioners who specialise in aviation and maritime issues have called on the Federal Government to work with the Rivers State to win the fight against COVID-19.National President of Admiralty Lawyers’ Society of Nigeria, Angus Chukwuka, described the rift between the federal and Rivers governments over the arrest and arraignment of the two pilots who flew in oil workers as unnecessary distraction that might lead to the derailment of a successful fight against COVID 19.
Speaking in Port Harcourt yesterday, Chukwuka said “though the Federal Government has the exclusive jurisdiction to make laws on matters of aviation, the Rivers government also has a duty to protect its citizens from the deadly disease.”The United Labour Congress (ULC) has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the oil workers.Condemning the arrest and incarceration of Nigerian workers discharging their lawful duties in the state, president of ULC, Joe Ajaero, argued that if the state government wanted to arrest anybody at all, Caverton Helicopters and the oil and gas companies should not have been the target.
The union, which did not see where the workers erred to warrant their arrest, threatened to withdraw its service if the harassment and intimidation continues. Read more: The Guardian Nigeria »
What the River State gov't was the right approach to it, No one should start weighing unnecessary fed might in a state affairs, the pilots has no prior order of the state executive order on emergency The same governor who arrested them now decided to freeze the virus for a few days so that people can go to mosque and church but businesses shouldn’t thrive. Medddd!
Carveton Helicopters: Rivers Senator backs Wike, hits FG - Daily Post NigeriaThe Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Barinada Mpigi has said that Carveton Helicopters violated Rivers State laws by flying The citizens of Rivers State must have discovered that in order to get rid of a dictator, they voted in a tyrant. Sadly, in 2023, Nigeria could make the same mistake EFCC and DSS will soon go for this senator. This country is a big joke. FG approved the flight to boost revenue, what about poor masses who survived on daily struggle ? Do FG even care about them ? The cerveton flight or whatever it's called should serve the law biko.
Shehu Sani reacts as Wike shuts down Carveton Helicopters - Daily Post NigeriaShehu Sani, former Kaduna lawmaker has kicked against governors denying Nigerian citizens rights of passage to their states. Sani, on his Twitter page, Daily post stop spreading fake news, Shehu Dani wasn't referring to Wike
Wike Declares Carveton Helicopter Persona Non Grata, Orders Closure Of Airline’s OfficesICYMI: Wike Declares Carveton Helicopter Persona Non Grata, Orders Closure Of Airline’s Offices Good. Lion himself lion in his house But the FG said they gave them permit to fly....na wa ooo
BREAKING: Wike dares Buhari, shuts down Carveton Helicopters - Daily Post NigeriaThe Rivers State Government has shut down Carveton Helicopters in the state for endangering the lives of Rivers people over what it tagged as “suspicious dairo_babajide ganiyu_tosin BalogunREADONE Balokebe Am watching the game. I Love this man Wike RT : BREAKING: Wike dares DeadBuhari, shuts down Carveton Helicopters
Wike to Carveton: operate in Rivers at your risk - The Nation Nigeria Rivers State Government has declared Carveton Helicopters persona non grata, saying the airline would only operate in the state at its own risk... InibeheEffiong your take on this? GovWike needs to be tutored on these three concepts very well 1. Residual powers 2. Concurrent powers and 3. Exclusive powers This isn't a time for political difference. Though there was a communication gap, and this isn't a big deal for the state to accept its flaws.
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