- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered the auction of vehicles impounded for violating the COVID-19 lockdown regulations
- The governor oversaw the arrest of people who violated the order and the impounding of vehicles while going round to check the level of compliance
- Wike also added that the violators would face the wrath of the law and be tried by the mobile courts
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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Thursday, May 7, ordered that vehicles that were seized in violation of the lockdown order after the owners were caught driving will be auctioned.
According to Channels TV, Wike disclosed this in an interview after going round to check the level of compliance with the lockdown in the state. The governor oversaw the arrest of several people who violated the order and the impounding of their cars.
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The Rivers state governor while giving the order to the Attorney General noted that violators of the lockdown directive will face the wrath of the law and be tried by the Mobile Courts.
Over 200 residents of Rivers state were arrested and over 20 vehicles impounded at the Elekahia Isolation Centre by different teams enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown.
He said: “I have told the Attorney General, all the impounded vehicles must be auctioned. By tomorrow, the Honourable Attorney General would have advertised those vehicles and we will auction them.
“Some people don’t believe that Coronavirus is in existence. Until you make them understand that we are serious, they will not believe it. We will auction the impounded vehicles.
“Those arrested will face the wrath of the law. Nobody is above the law. We will not allow anyone to sabotage our efforts to protect our people.”
According to the governor, among those arrested were very important persons (VIPS), who were not on essential duties, but moved around with their police escorts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Wike on Tuesday, May 5, expressed his misgivings about the relocation of almajiris in the federal government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike alleged that nothing was said when the almajiris were asked to return to their places of origin in the north, but that the issue of restriction of inter-state movement was raised when he ordered the northerners to go back to their states.
Recall that Wike on Monday, April 27, announced the immediate deportation of Almajiris and all other beggars to their states of origin.
According to the governor, deporting the Almajiris had become necessary to protect the people of Rivers state from the threat the beggars' present in spreading coronavirus.
Wike who disclosed this in a state broadcast on COVID-19 and shared on his official social media pages said some parts of Rivers state will be on complete lockdown.
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