The arrest of twenty two (22) traders who defied lockdown order by entering Rivers state from Anambra and neighbouring state, Abia has been confirmed by Rivers State Government.

The driver of the truck identified as Mr Chijioke John stated that he was travelling to Onne from Onitsha but picked the women at Ihiala in Anambra State while the traders maintained that they are not aware of the lockdown order in the state.

The driver further revealed that he took pity on them since they were standing on the road.

Reacting to the development, the Rivers State Health Commissioner, Professor Chike Princewill said the arrested traders will be screened to ascertain their coronavirus status.

Princewill said after the screening is done, the traders will be tried in line with the extant laws in place to protect Rivers people.

The health commissioner stated that it is embarrassing that a transporter would convey human beings in a container, just to beat the law.

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