Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has canceled the proposed lockdown slated to begin 8 pm on Tuesday 26 May 2020 in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor local government areas of the state.
He made this known in a state broadcast on Tuesday afternoon.
Land, sea, and air borders are to remain closed pending further directives.
The Governor in the broadcast also mandated the use of face masks for all state residents. He noted that Task Force operatives will prosecute anyone found wandering the state without a mask.
It would be recalled that Wike has been applauded and criticized by many as the state continues to battle COVID-19 Pandemic.
Caverton Helicopters Pilots were arrested and later released for flying in oil expatriates into the state despite flight ban.
Wike himself led an operation that saw the mandatory isolation of violators of the lockdown imposed by the state government.
Another of Wike’s enforcement of the lockdown which attracted criticisms rather than applause was the recent demolition of two hotels caught violating lockdown order in the state.
Videos of the Rivers State Governor had surfaced online several times angrily questioning motorists and pedestrians amid the pandemic.