Fourteen persons hidden in two trailers conveying cattle from Adamawa have been arrested in Port Harcourt for defying COVID-19 lockdown order by the state government.
This was made known on Friday in a statement to journalists in Port Harcourt by the Special Assistant, Electronic Media, to the governor, Simeon Nwakaudu.
He said that, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, who effected their arrests, also, ordered that they be tested for Corona Virus before their prosecution
He further said that the governor, had earlier on Monday announced a 24-hour total lockdown and a dusk to dawn curfew on Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, adding as well as that the trailers and cattle be auctioned.
According to Nwakaudu, the trailers were intercepted following intelligence from well-meaning Nigerians.
He stated: "They were arrested at Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.Governor Wike ordered the prosecution of the 14 persons by the Mobile Court constituted by the administration under the Executive Order 6 signed for the declaration of the lockdown.He also directed the State Ministry of Health to conduct tests on the 14 persons to ascertain their coronavirus status.’’
The statement, which quoted the governor as saying that people must be alive to eat cows, added that the lockdown was intended to protect the lives of the people of Rivers.
It also quoted one of the defaulters, Ahmed Aliyu, as saying that they were contracted from Adamawa to bring cattle to one Alhaji at the new slaughter in Oyigbo.