- The Rivers state governor is opening up about how a woman infected with coronavirus was stopped from importing the virus into the state
- Nyesom Wike in a broadcast revealed that the passenger tried to board a flight to Port Harcourt from Abuja
- Wike credited the vigilance of security agents for their intervention in stopping the female passenger
As the country continues to battle the escalating rise of COVID-19 in the country, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers revealed that the people of the state would have been infected with the deadly virus as a woman tried to board a flight, Port Harcourt.
Wike while addressing the people of Rivers state on Wednesday, March 25, in a broadcast in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said a woman infected with coronavirus was prevented from boarding a flight from Abuja.
The governor went on to note that the passenger had beat security measure that was put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja but was fortunately stopped by security agents, The Guardian reports.
The agents acting on a tip-off were successfully able to stop the unidentified female passenger from getting on to the aircraft and possibly infect more people.
He said: “It is with gratitude to God that I announce to you that our state would have been infected with Coronavirus yesterday (Tuesday) 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 was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her”
As a result of this, Wike announced that new measures would be in place across Rivers state until further notice.
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Recall that the Rivers government in a move to check the spread of coronavirus within the state announced that all routes leading into the state such as air, sea, and land will be closed to traffic, beginning at 6 pm, on Thursday, March 26.
This was revealed on Wednesday, March 25, by the state governor in a broadcast. He said that preventive measures had become necessary in light of recent developments in the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed five new cases of the raging coronavirus in the country as Rivers state gets its first case.
According to the NCDC, two of the new cases are in Lagos, two are in Abuja while the remaining one is in Rivers state. With the new confirmed cases, Nigeria now has 51 cases with two patients discharged and one death, as of Wednesday evening, March 25.
Similarly, the Nigerian government announced the closure of all land borders for four weeks as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The weekly federal executive council of the Buhari administration has also been suspended “until further notice,” according to an announcement made by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha. Mustapha also doubles as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19.
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