Bonny Island and Onne Lockdown Lifted - Gov. Wike

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike of  has officially released a statement for the 3 months lockdown he imposed on the people of the oil-rich Bonny Island and Onne to minimize the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to be lifted. 

In an official statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications of Rivers State,  Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, 

Governor Wike said he would formally address all the issues in a state broadcast on Wednesday.

The statement said:

“The Rivers State Government has lifted the lockdown imposed on Bonny Local Government Area and Onne in Eleme Local Government Area with effect from 6AM Tuesday, October 7 , 2020

previously The Governor of Rivers State Wike had imposed an emergency night-time curfew from 8pm to 6am in Bonny LGA on July

10, 2020 three days after lifting the lockdown on the area, which according to him, was necessitated by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the area.

The People Noted that no other authorities area was placed under lockdown or curfew within the amount under review despite the actual fact that the Rivers State, Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) had continuously updated the statistics showing widespread incidences of Covid-19 all told 23 LGAs.

Residents have since complained of the shutdown of the economy of the world because of the curfew as local businesses which leverage the evening periods to source for patronage of their commodities couldn't do so.

In response to the widespread discontent over the negative impact of the curfew, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Ibani Clan and therefore the Bonny Improvement Association (BIA), Port Harcourt Branch, called on the State Chief Executive to lift the curfew.