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Rivers State Operatives Arrest 7 Women Smuggled Into Port Harcourt

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Rivers state security operatives operating in port Harcourt yesterday 23rd of April apprehend a truck which was inhibited by 7 women. These women were being smuggled into Port Harcourt from Anambra state and it took the vigilance of the security operatives in Rivers state to tackle and make sure these people were not successfully smuggled into the state.

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River state security operatives

The women who came in from Ihiala in Anambra State were arrested alongside the driver of the truck and his conductor for violating the extant executive order restricting movement into the state as well as the executive order on COVID-19 regulation in the state.

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Security operatives on routine patrol intercepted the truck around the Eliozu area of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area when they discovered the women stowed away in the container.The driver, his conductor and the 7 women were immediately arrested for violating the executive order restricting movement into the state following the outbreak of Coronavirus as well the executive order on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

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Arrested men and women being smuggled into Rivers state

Rivers State commissioner for health, Professor Princewill Chike says the situation where people are smuggled in or allowed to come into the state unscreened poses a serious threat to the well-being of the state.

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Arrested women smuggled into Rivers state

The truck driver, John Chijoke who claims he was not aware of the lockdown in Rivers State says he only offered the women a ride out of pity.

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The truck used in smuggling the women

While the ministry of health is working on ascertaining their Coronavirus status, the truck driver, his conductor and the 7 women are to be arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt.

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It should be noted earlier that prior to this incident, the Governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike in a bid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic ordered the closure of all boarders leading into the state. He also stressed the fact that no entry or exit be made into or out of Rivers state and culprits who have been apprehended like Caverton helicopters and ExxonMobil workers have thus been arrested and charged.

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