Day One of the Rivers State lock down in the affected areas: Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City LGA had over 200 persons arrested and 20 vehicles confiscated today for violating lock down orders. This was also aired on many radio stations in Port Harcourt with the voice of the Governor frowning at the violators and ordering that arrested persons be prosecuted and the vehicles auctioned to young people in the State who does not have cars. The human rights violations and abuses associated with these over 200 persons arrested is that most of them were using the Stay At Home opportunity to do exercise by jogging on the street while they were arrested. Others were walking around their residential areas to see things for themselves while police and task force monitoring compliance arrested them for violating lock down orders and restriction of movement orders of the Governor. Some others were said to be playing football on the empty streets when it happened. More details and updates later as the day winds down with more reports of human rights abuses in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, our Volunteers are reporting from Gokana Local Government Area that two youths from Bodo community said to be National Diploma holders from the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori-Ogoni who became hungry following the stay at home order of the Rivers State Government over COVID-19 earlier put in place and still subsisting in the area went fishing and got drowned. The incident is said to have occurred yesterday, May 6. Details later.