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Coronavirus: Wike signs Executive Order for closure of land, sea borders

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has formally signed an Executive Order for the closure of all land and borders into the state in a bid to curb spread of Coronavirus.

In a Government House press statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to Wike on Electronic Media, the governor said according to the Executive Order, the closure of the land and sea borders took effect on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

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The Executive Order signed by Wike also suspended flights to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa and Bonny Airstrip beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The Executive Order stated: “In exercise of the powers conferred on me by Sections 4 and 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and regulation 11 of Quarantine (Corona virus (COVID – 19) and Infectious Diseases) Regulations, 2020 and all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON,
GSSRS, Governor, Rivers State, hereby issue the following Orders:

“1. The following surveillance posts are hereby established with effect from March 24, 2020,

(i) Mbiama for motorists coming from Bayelsa State;
(ii) Omerelu for motorists coming from Owerri;
(ii) Okehi for motorists coming Imo State;
(iv) Akwuzi for motorists coming Imo State;
(v) Oyigbo for motorists coming from Aba; and
(vi) Opoku in Khana Local Governor Area for motorists coming from Akwa Ibom State.

“2. All marine entry points into the State including Nembe, Bille, Bonny, Marine Base, NLNG, Witt and Bush, Abuloma and Imo Rivers Jetties are to be placed under surveillance.

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“3. All schools and institutions of higher learning in the State shall close down with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020.

“4. All public parks, night clubs, cinemas and viewing centres, are to remain closed with effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice.

“5. All public burials, public weddings, religious gathering and other forms of public gathering are banned with effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice.

“6. All land and sea borders of the State or any part thereof shall remain closed with effect from 6.00pm of Thursday, March 26, 2020.”

The Executive Order declared that no person, or bus, truck, van, tanker, trailer or vehicle of whatsoever description shall be allowed to leave or enter the State with effect from 6.00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

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It added: “Flight operations at the Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa, Airforce Base, Port Harcourt and Bonny Helipad are hereby suspended and no person landing at these airports shall be allowed to transit into the State or through the State to any neighbouring State effective 6.00pm of Thursday, March 26, 2020.

“All markets in the State no matter how small are to remain closed with effect from Saturday, March 28, 2020. All Local Government Council Chairmen are to head Task Forces in their respective Local Government Areas that will ensure that markets remain closed. Council Chairmen are further authorised to confiscate the goods of
any defaulter of this Order.

“All Civil Servants from Grade Levels 1 – 10 are to remain at home from Friday, March 27, 2020 until further notice. Security agencies are hereby directed to enforce strict compliance with the Orders herein contained.”

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