Over 200 people have been arrested in Rivers State, as Governor Nyesom Wike monitored lockdown occasioned Coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.
Wike monitored the lockdown on Thursday in parts of Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas, saying that the level of compliance was up to 95 percent.
He said: “I want to commend Rivers people for the level of support they have shown. The level of compliance is quite satisfactory. It is more than 95 percent within the two Local Government Areas.”
He regretted that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command moved to sabotage the lockdown by issuing illegal letters to companies.
“It is unfortunate to see the level of sabotage that we get from the police. Particularly, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Rivers State Police Command.
“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,” he said.
He said the approvals issued by the Police or any other authorities, outside the office of the Rivers State Governor were illegal.
He said: “The Deputy Commissioner of Police has no powers to issue approvals when the State Government has locked down the state. After the State Security Council met and agreed on the lockdown, the Deputy Commissioner of Police went ahead to issue illegal letters to companies to operate. I have never seen that in my life”.
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