June 14, 2021

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COVID-19: Buhari to remain in prison till May 19 for disobeying Wike

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For disobeying the executive orders of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on restriction of flights into the state, Samuel Buhari as well as Samuel Ugorji will remain in the Port Harcourt prison till May 19.

 

This follows the verdict of a Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate Court which tried them, following their arrest and arraignment on the orders of the state government.

 

The Chief Magistrate, Ihua-Maduenyi also ruled that COVID-19 tests be carried out on the two pilots ascertain their status.

 

The pilots who were arrested by the Rivers State Police Command were arraigned by the State Police Command via charge number: PMC/532C/2020.

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Prosecution Counsel and Officer-in-charge, Legal of the Rivers State Police Command,  Superintendent of Police,  Gladys Amadi told the court that the acts of the two pilots were capable of putting  the entire state in danger of contracting Coronavirus.

 

She urged the court to remand them in prison custody to enable the police conclude its investigation.  She noted that allowing the accused persons roam the streets will  endanger others in the state.

 

According to her, remanding the pilots will also stop them from further violating the Executive Order. The Attorney- General,  Professor Zacheus Adango was also in court.

 

 

The charges against them read thus: Count 1: That you Samuel Ugorji (m), Samuel Buhari (m) and others now  at large as pilot and co-pilot of Twin-Otter,  Carveton Helicopters on the 7th day of April 2020 at the Air Force Base , Port Harcourt in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District,  did conspire amongst yourselves to commit misdemeanour to wit: disobedience to lawful order and thereby committed an offence under section 517A of the criminal code CAP 37, Vol 11 Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria,  1999.

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Count 2: That you Samuel Ugorji (m), Samuel Buhari (m) and others now  at large on the same date and place at the aforesaid magisterial District did intentionally disobey the lawful order issued by the Governor of Rivers State as contained in paragraph 8 of the Executive Order RVSG -01 2020 made pursuant to Sections 2, 4, and 8 of Quarantine Act Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,  2004 and Regulation 11 of the Quarantine (Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) and other infectious diseases) regulations , 2020 by flying the Twin-Otter Caverton Helicopters into Air Force Base,  Port Harcourt and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 5 of the Quarantine Act Cap Q2 LFN , 2004.

 

Count 3: That you Samuel Ugorji (m), Samuel Buhari (m) and others now  at large on the same date and place at the aforesaid magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause  a breach of peace by flying and discharging passengers from the Twin-Otter helicopter at the Air Force Base,  Port Harcourt and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 249 (d) of the criminal code laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

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Count 4: That you Samuel Ugorji (m), Samuel Buhari (m) and others now  at large on the same date and place at the aforesaid magisterial District did intentionally disobey the lawful order issued by the Governor of Rivers State on restriction of movement and flights within the State contrary to paragraph 8 of the Executive Order RVSG -01 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 203 of the criminal code laws of Rivers State of Nigeria,  1999.

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