The Federal Government has said the two pilots of Caverton Helicopters arrested in Rivers State will be released soon without conviction.
Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, said this while responding to questions during the daily briefing on COVID-19 updates.
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He said the pilots had been covered by the presidential address which exempted oil and gas from the lockdown. He lambasted the Air Force officer who called the police, saying he acted in ignorance.
Sirika also said the police who arrested the pilots had exhibited incompetence.
He added, “Of course, I may not be learned but I am lettered and I understand, in this case there is no conflict between the federal and the state laws, but I will not argue that on this platform. It is unnecessary.
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“So whether the governor of Rivers State ought to know if the exempted Caverton flight will be landing in a military base in Port Harcourt belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, he does not need to know.”
“So that is answer number one. Answer number two regarding the pilots, the pilots will soon be released, rescued and there will not be any conviction hanging on their necks.”
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“And arising from the constitutional provision and the powers of Mr. President, the seriousness of this task force, the danger of COVID-19 , the way we operate civil aviation and military aviation, that’s why I said the air force officer acted ignorantly to have called the governor when the chopper landed on his property.
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“And also the federal police who made the arrest within the premises of the military acted ignorantly as well. And I said they exhibited incompetence.”