(By Odogo Woke)-Following his declaration of closure of all land and sea borders to Rivers State on Tuesday to check the spread of corona virus in the state, Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has challenged Security Agencies to be firm in the implementation of our decision.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Task Force on Enforcement of the Ban on Public and Religious Gatherings at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said that the State Government is employing tough measures to ensuring that the residents are protected from corona virus infection, given that one person has reportedly tested positive.
While directing the security agencies to ensure that security operatives are deployed to the respective borders of the state, Governor Wike warned that any cinema or nightclub that opens for operations will be acquired by the Rivers State Government.
“We have banned people coming to Government House, except the person is invited,” he said.
Membership of the task force include the Commissioner of Police, Garrison Commander, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Air Force Commander, Naval Commander and State Director, Department of State Services.
Others are: State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Secretary to the State Government, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief of Staff, Government House, Commissioner for Health, while the Commissioner for Information and Communication will serve as secretary.
It would be recalled that, on Tuesday, the governor, in a broadcast, had announced that air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic, beginning 6am. Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Governor Wike had hinted that an infected person would have come to the state through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja but for the vigilance of security agencies, who following a tipoff prevented the infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.
He said the revelation has made it necessary for more stringent measures to be put in place to protest those who live and do business in Rivers state from the coronavirus plague.
Meanwhile as at Wednesday, four governors are in isolation while 51 persons have tested positive to coronavirus infection in Nigeria.