The Rivers state Police Command has confirmed allegations that security operatives stationed at the borders of the state have compromised, by allowing people not permitted to enter the state despite the anti-COVID-19 measures placed by the state.
Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dan-Daura made this known to journalists yesterday, while inspecting security operatives at the entry and exit points of the state. He warned the officers of extortion, while directing them to allow vehicles on the exclusive list of the Federal government entry into the state, if they undergo the mandatory Covid-19 screening.
The CP said a monitoring unit to checkmate the activities of the security operatives at the borders has been put in place. Anyone caught flouting the directives of the government will be prosecuted and punished in accordance with the laws, no matter how highly placed, he declared
Meanwhile, the CP in company of other service commanders in the state intercepted a 22-man staff of Exxon Mobile coming into the state at Oyigbo from Akwa Ibom. Despite tendering their waivers, the Police Boss said 22 of them were taken for testing to ascertain their Covid-19 status in line with the directives of the state government.
The government had earlier directed that all those on the exclusive list of the Federal government must be tested before they are allowed to enter the state. This is to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus.