- Governor Nyesom Wike has come down hard on Adamu Abubakar, the deputy commissioner of police, Rivers state police command
- The Rivers state governor accused the police chief of sabotaging the lockdown order imposed on Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor local councils
- Wike alleged that Abubakar issues illegal letters to companies in exchange for money to defy the curfew
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Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that there can never be two governors in the state as he accused Adamu Abubakar, the deputy commissioner of police of sabotaging the lockdown order.
According to The Guardian, Wike on Thursday, May 7, came down hard on the police deputy commissioner of the Rivers state police command saying Abubakar “is issuing illegal letters to companies to defy the curfew.”
Wike accused the police chief of attempting to sabotage the lockdown imposed on Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor local councils with illegal letters to the companies in exchange for money, Channels TV reports.
The governor who was out monitoring compliance of the lockdown order said it was unfortunate that the police chief would issue letters to companies to operate.
He said: “The Deputy Commissioner of Police will sign approvals for companies because he wants to collect money. I am the Governor of this state and there cannot be two governors.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Wike 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.
The governor 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.
Wike 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.
In a related development, 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.
The governor 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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