COVID-19: Rivers Releases 22 Exxon Mobil Staff Detained for ‘Illegal Entry’

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By Ernest Chinwo

The Rivers State Government on Sunday released the 22 members of staff of Exxon Mobil who were arrested for violating the state Executive Order restricting movement in the state.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor, said the Mobil staff were released without charges.

He said the state government would no longer press charges against them, as they were released following interventions by well-meaning Nigerians.

The attorney-general noted that he monitored the release of the 22 Exxon Mobil staff at the state isolation centre at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

He noted that the Rivers State Government remains committed to implementing the Executive Order issued to check the spread of coronavirus.

Security agencies had arrested the 22 staff of Exxon Mobil who entered the state from Akwa Ibom in violation of the state Executive Order which stipulates that health authorities ascertain the coronavirus status of those entering the state.