Covid-19: Governor Wike bans all forms of travels in and out of Rivers State

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The Rivers State Government has said air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic, beginning from 6PM today, Thursday 26 March.

In a broadcast, Rivers State Governor, NYESOM WIKE said that the measure became necessary in view of recent developments about coronavirus.


The Governor said the state would have been infected yesterday if not 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 Governor said 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.


He said based on that, the State Security Council reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.


One of the measures according to the Governor is that the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa will not be open to air traffic from tomorrow.


He said while the state may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, it cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter the State.


The Governor added that while all Land and Sea Borders will be closed, vehicular movement in and out of the state has been banned.


Governor WIKE said that the new measures will be in place till further notice.


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