FG Counters Wike On Arrest Of Pilots, Passengers

The Federal Government has frowned at the arrest of the pilots who flew oil workers into Rivers State on Tuesday.

It said the Police Commissioner and the Commander of the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt would have to answer for alleged incompetence.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, reacted to the drama in Port Harcourt, saying the federal government would take necessary and constitutional actions on the matter.

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According to him, Civil Aviation is on exclusive list and that it was only the Federal Government that had the power to legislate on aviation matters.

He said the police and air force chiefs who went with Wike to effect the arrest were ignorant.

“The Federal Government allowed the flight, we have the authority to approve such flight, we will do everything lawful to get the pilots back,” he said.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic also described reports that its members receive N500,000 daily allowance as fake news.

13th April 2024
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