Two Caverton pilots who were arrested yesterday for violating an order by the Rivers State Government on closure of all borders including the airspace, have been remanded in prison custody for flying in expatriates into the state.
The two pilots identified as Samuel Urgoji and Samuel Buhari, were arraigned in a Chief Magistrate Court on 4 count charge which bordered on disobeying the Executive Order issued by the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike aimed at checking the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Chief Magistrate D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi who ordered that a medical test be carried out on the pilots to ascertain their health status, also ordered that they be remanded in prison till May 19, 2020 when their trial will commence.
However Caverton kicked against the court’s directive which remanded their pilots in prison custody. The airline insisted that it received approval from the Minister of Aviation to operate essential services during the lockdown.
Source: Linda Ikeji