March 27, 2023

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Interstate transporters defy Wike’s order, travel into, out of Rivers

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For interstate commercial drivers, it is still business as usual, as they have defied the border closure order of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.

TNN observed that the drivers are still travelling into and out of the stste with heavily loaded buses that convey goods and passengers into and out of the state.

It was noticed that most of the drivers get into and out of the state either very early in the morning or very late in the night.

Some of the passengers who spoke with TNN confirmed that the drivers usually bribe security operatives on duty at the various borders and would thereafter be allowed to move on.

On Wednesday morning, TNN observed that a lot of buses suspected to have entered the state either from Onitsha or Aba, with all sorts of goods, tried to maneuver their way into the state capital. One of them was bieved to be heading towards the East West Road.

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Another commercial bus believed to be heading towards the western part of the state was also seen at the tank area of Port Harcourt trying to refuel at a filling station very early on Wednesday.

TNN findings have also shown that travellers from Aba would stop around the Imo River end of the Port Harcourt-Aba expressway and then join a boat that would ferry them into Port Harcourt, after the canoe paddlers must have settled security operatives.

When contacted, the police image maker, Mr Nnamdi Omoni told TNN over the telephone that a security meeting has been scheduled to discuss the issue later on Wednesday.




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