Governor Wike Closes Land, Sea, Air Borders To Stop Coronavirus From Entering Rivers State

Governor Wike has banned all air, sea and land routes into Rivers State.

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has closed all borders including air, sea and land in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus into the state.

Wike, who made this announcement in a state broadcast on Wednesday, said the closure will take effect from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The governor said that the measure became necessary after Rivers state escaped recording a case of the global pandemic. He added:

“But for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip- off prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.

“The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her.

“Based on this alarming Information, the State Security Council met yesterday and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.

“The council has therefore taken the following painful decisions: With effect from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 , the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa will not be open to air traffic.

“While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our State. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other federal agencies will cooperate with us. All Land and Sea Borders will be closed.

“Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence no vehicle will leave Rivers State for any other State and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state.

“Let me reiterate that the situation we are facing requires drastic measures because coronavirus has ravaged many countries. There will be no room for sacred cows because the virus is no respecter of persons.”

Governor Wike said that the new measures will be in place till further notice.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had confirmed the first death from coronavirus in the country, with 46 total cases spread across seven states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

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