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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Security agencies allowing COVID-19 patients into Rivers~Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused security agencies of allowing unauthorised persons access to the state through the borders without subjecting them to the mandatory health checks.

Wike, who spoke in Port Harcourt, while inaugurating the state’s Taskforce on Border Closure, said that most of the new cases in the state were people, who slipped through the border and were given access by security agencies.

He disclosed that one of the new cases at the state’s treatment centre came from an oil rig of one of the oil companies.

He said his government resolved to establish the taskforce following cases of sabotage at the state boundaries by the security agencies.

Wike said: “This taskforce is very important. When they don’t want you to live, you must devise means to survive. You have to support the security agencies and don’t allow anyone to get into the State without approval.

“Anyone coming into the state must be screened by the health officials. Don’t join the security agencies to extort money from people. If that happens, the essence of this Task Force is defeated.”

He asked the Taskforce to work like persons struggling to save their lives insisting that the state was being sabotaged from all sides.

He said: “We are being sabotaged at sea, land and at the Domestic Wing of the airport. Sometimes, they secretly receive flights and before we know the people sneak into the town. The Task Force in Ikwerre must check anyone coming from the airport.

“When we shout, they say we are fighting the Federal Government. All we are saying is help us to fight the virus. This is a matter of life and death. You must protect your people.”

Describing the fight against Coronavirus as nonconventional war, the governor said it had nothing to do with politics.

He asked the Taskforce to always carry their identity cards and to operate 24 hours.

He said: “We will not relax because if coronavirus escalates in this state, we will not get any form of support. Most of these oil companies also sabotage us. One of the cases at the State Treatment Centre is an oil worker who came from the rig.

“He tested positive and now our health workers are tracing all his contacts to check the spread”.

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