The Rivers State Government has said Caverton Helicopters flew 220 passengers into the state without allowing health officials access to them for COVID-19 testing.
Paulinus Nsirim, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, said the company also refused the state access to the contacts of the passengers for tracing and testing.
He pointed out that before the arrest of the two pilots and 10 passengers, the state government had warned Caverton and other operators to ensure their pilots and passengers were tested.
“Before their arrests, the Rivers State Government issued several warnings to Caverton and other operators to ensure that their pilots and passengers are tested by Rivers State health authorities. Caverton Helicopters disregarded the warnings.
“They were arrested because they constantly contravened the Executive Order issued by the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, which requires that everyone coming into the state for essential duties subject themselves to mandatory health checks to ascertain their coronavirus status.
“At the last count, Caverton Helicopters ferried over 220 passengers into the state without allowing health professionals of the Rivers State Government ascertain their coronavirus status. They also refused to avail the state government their contacts; so, they can be traced and tested,” he said.