Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari , Pilots working for Carveton Helicopters were on Tuesday remanded in prisons custody for disobeying movement restriction order aimed at checking the spread of coronavirus in the state.
A state Magistrate sitting in Port Harcourt ,handed down the ruling .
The Presiding, Chief Magistrate D.D . Ihua-Maduenyi remanded the two pilots at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre till May 19, 2020 when their trial will commence.
Chief Magistrate Ihua-Maduenyi ruled that COVID-19 tests be carried out on the two pilots ascertain their status.
The Pilots who were arrested by the Rivers State Police Command were arraigned by the State Police Command via charge number:PMC/532C/2020.
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.