Unjust detention: Caverton appeals to FG to urge Gov. Wike to release pilots

The management of Caverton Helicopters has appealed to the federal government to urge the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike to release two of their pilots who violated no law and are being unduly punished for no reasons.

The helicopter company explained in their statement that at the start of the COVID -19 lockdown, it received a letter from their client stating that they have been given approval/ exemption to fly and continue operations.

The airline stated that; “We (Caverton along with three other companies) also received approval from the Minister of Aviation to fly only essential services, mainly in the Oil and Gas industry.

“Lastly, we got another approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation  Authority (NCAA) to fly for this same oil and gas sector. We have been flying along these guidelines for the past seven days. 

“Today, we were informed that the Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike was coming to address the operators in Port Harcourt and our people waited. But on arriving, the Governor directed two of our pilots to be taken to CID where they were told to write statements”. 

Caverton explained further that :”Despite all pleas by our lawyers who showed all the relevant documents, they were taken to the magistrate court and charged. At the court, our lawyers also presented all the documentations approving us to fly by the federal government but the case was closed and the pilots have been remanded in Port Harcourt prison till the 19th May. 

“We appeal to the federal government to urge the Rivers State government to release our pilots who violated no law and are being unduly punished for reasons we still do not understand”.

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