- Governor Wike has relaxed the lockdown in f Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas for six days
- The new directive takes effect from Thursday, May 21
- The Rivers state governor, however, said all land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers state shall remain closed
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has suspended the total lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas for six days, with effect from Thursday, May 21.
Wike who spoke in an evening broadcast on Wednesday, May 20, said the total lockdown would be restored in the capital city on Tuesday, May 26, The Nation reports.
The Rivers state governor said residents and visitors in the affected LGAs can now go out of their homes for their lawful businesses.
However, Governor Wike noted that the relaxation of the lockdown only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
“All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers state shall remain closed. Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut," he said.
“Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited. All public weddings, burials and other social gatherings also remain prohibited. Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles, must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only."
Governor Wike also said that residents must wear face masks while in public spaces, warning that defaulters will be arrested and punished according to the law.
He urged those who do not have anything to do outside their homes to stay at home and stay safe.
The state commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim, made the claim in a statement on Wednesday, May 19.
Though Nsirim did not mention names, he pointed out that those behind the plot were citizens of the state residing in Abuja.
He claimed the plotters were trying to force the declaration of a state of emergency by causing a breakdown of law and order in Rivers.
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