The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers has expressed concern on the Joint Task Force set up by the Inspector General of Police on the movement of food, agricultural products, livestock and machinery goods and services.
The Chairman Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty King (Dr) Dandeson Douglas Jaja said the move was a threat to the lives of Rivers People on the Covid-19 pandemic and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene.
Dandeson, who is also the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom at a Press conference expressed worry why the IG’s Joint Taskforce would start operations with Rivers State without the Knowledge, collaboration and consultation of the River State Government.
He said Rivers people are not the most malnourished in the entire country as to warrant such a hasty decision.
King Jaja expressed fear that even if the intention was to ensure movement of food, livestock and agricultural equipment, the process could also encourage massive influx of possible bandits, terrorists and Covid-19 infected persons to endanger the lives of the people in Rivers State.