Mobile court convicts violators of lockdown directive in Port Harcourt

By Ifunanya Ndukwe

A mobile court in Port Harcourt has convicted 170 persons for violating the lockdown directive by the Rivers state government in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the state. The office of the Attorney- General of Rivers State on thursday 7th May, 2020 secured the convictions of 170 defaulters before the Port Harcourt Mobile Court sitting at General Yakubu Gowon Stadium Elekahia for violation of the Executive Order RVSG 06 2020 which imposes complete lockdown and prohibits human and vehicular movement in Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

The Attorney-General advises residents of the two local government areas to comply with the Executive Order No. RVSG 06, 2020 and other extant regulations to avoid being prosecuted. Meanwhile; 14 persons hidden in trailer conveying cows from Adamawa state have been arrested by Governor Nyesom Wike.

They are to be tested for coronavirus and prosecuted while the cows and trailer would be auctioned. This comes in as Rivers State has recorded 3 new cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile; the Governor had said permits from other sources other than the one issued by the Rivers State government is void, as he accused the Deputy Commissioner of Police for issuing permits to companies with the aI’m of allegedly making money.

He said medical practitioners are not allowed to move around with the excuse of being on essential duty, except they are on duty for that day. Some residents have however complained over the lockdown, as they say the Governor I’d being inconsiderate to the needs of the people.

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