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Passengers, drivers trapped at Rivers borders

Passengers and drivers are having tough times entering Rivers State through its borders following the anti-coronavirus directive by Governor Nyesom Wike.

The governor in one of his numerous pronouncements to curtail the spread of the deadly virus, directed the closure of all borders leading to the state and set up a task-force comprising all security outfits in the state to monitor compliance.


It was, however, gathered that most people living in Port Harcourt but were outside their domains when the directive was given by the governor, were stranded at the borders to the state.

Others, who were on important missions to the capital city especially health-related referrals were said to be adopting various means to gain entrance to the state.

It was gathered that following the directive, the task force blocked all the entry points to stop people from either leaving the state or coming into the state.

Kehinde, a driver that conveys newspapers from Port Harcourt to other neighboring states such as Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and other eastern states was trapped on Friday morning when the enforcement of the order started in the state.

He said: “I got to Mbiama, a border community between Rivers and Bayelsa at about 1:am. The taskforce asked me to park my vehicle. I went to talk to one of the security operatives, a policeman, who later allowed me to pass the border“.

“I delivered all the papers but on my way back to Rivers State, Mbiama was blocked. It was almost impassable. I saw many vehicles trying to enter the state but they were not allowed entrance. People were stranded especially those living in Port Harcourt. They didn’t know where to go“.

A resident of Port Harcourt, who identified himself simply as Williams, said his neighbour was one of the persons trapped at Obigbo, the border community between Rivers and Abia State.

He said: “My neighbour travelled to Aba in Abia State to buy some goods. On getting to Obigbo, the security operatives there didn’t let their vehicle in. The driver asked them to alight at the border. He made a U-turn and went back to Aba. But my neighbour and others in the vehicle had to trek many distances to Oil Mill, where they boarded a vehicle to Port Harcourt