*As new P’Harcourt Isolation Center expects 10 ventilators
TWO pilots, Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari were on Tuesday remanded to prison by a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court for alleged violation of Governor Nyesom Wike’s Executive Order on the closure of Rivers state borders to prevent the spread of Corona Virus.
Presiding Chief Magistrate D.D. Ihua-Maduenyi who remanded both pilots to the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre till May 19, 2020, for the commencement of trial also ordered that COVID-19 tests be carried out on the duo to ascertain their status.
The arraignment of the accused, employees of Carveton Helicopters followed Governor Wike’s storming of the firm’s operations at the Nigeria Air Force Base, Port Harcourt, resulting in their arrest by the State Police Command who took them to court on Charge No: PMC/532C/2020.
Prosecution Counsel, SP Gladys Amadi told the court to remind both accused pending conclusion of investigations, arguing that the acts of both pilots were capable of putting the entire state in danger of contracting the pandemic and allowing them to roam the streets would endanger lives in the state.
Meanwhile, project executors at the new COVID-19 Isolation Center in Elekahia Stadium, Port Harcourt, have said the facility to be ready in the next two days would be fitted with 10 ventilators expected to arrive the state in less than a week.