Rivers State Government led by Gov.Nyesom Wike has withdrawn and discontinued the two separate charges ( PMC/532C/2020 and PMC/533C/2020) preferred against the two pilots of Caverton Helicopters Ltd and the 10 passengers on board before the Port Harcourt Chief Magistrates’ Court.
This is coming after Gov.Wike had vowed to release the full weight of his Covid-19 Lockdown Executive Orders which the company and her pilots violated.
However, in a statement on Tuesday by Paulinus Nsirim, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Gov.Wike directed the Rivers State Honourable Attorney-General, Prof. Z. Adangor, to withdraw the charges and end the prosecution.
The statement added that the presiding Chief Magistrate, D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi Esq; has accordingly struck out the two charges and discharged all the defendants.
It is unclear why the Rivers State Government chose to terminate the case after Gov.Wike had repeatedly insisted that He doesn’t take orders from Abuja.
Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika had condemned Gov.Wike’s actions describing it as “executive rascality” since the company had waivers for operation from the Federal Government amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bittertruth Media recalls that several actions of Gov.Wike in the fight against Covid-19 have received mixed reactions from members of the public.