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Port Harcourt Magistrate Court Remands 2 Carveton Helicopters’ Pilots In Prison Custody For Violating Executive Order On Coronavirus Spread

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Two Carveton Helicopter Pilots Samuel Urgoji and Samuel Buhari who were arrested by Rivers State Govt Task Force on Covid 19 for flying people into Rivers State were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in port Harcourt with charge no PMC/532C/2020 on a four count charge for allegedly intentionally disobeying the Executive Order issued by the Rivers State Governor aimed at checking the spread of coronavirus in the state.

They were remanded in prison custody till 19 May 2020 when their trial we commence. The Chief Magistrate D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi ordered that a medical test be carried out on them to ascertain their status. SP Gladys Imegu Enoho OC Legal Rivers State Police command is the prosecuting counsel. Rivers State Attorney General Zacheus Adango was also in court

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

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 Pilots are facing a four-count charge:

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 misdemeanor 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.

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.

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.

 

Pictures: Two pilots of Carveton Helicopters, Samuel Ugorji (l) and Samuel Buhari (r) on Tuesday  at the Port Harcourt Magistrates Court  premises after they were remanded in Prison Custody for violating Executive Order banning unauthorized flights into Rivers State.

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