The Rivers state government said that it has withdrawn and discontinued the two separate charges ( PMC/532C/2020 and PMC/533C/2020) preferred against the two pilots of Caverton Helicopters Ltd and the 10 passengers on board before the Port Harcourt Chief Magistrates’ Court.
A statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday by the Rivers state Commissioner for Information and Communication , Paulinous Nsirim said the presiding Chief Magistrate in charge of the case , D. D. Ihua-Maduenyi has struck out the two charges and discharged all the defendants.
The two Pilots of Caverton Helicopters alongside ten passengers on board the aircraft were arrested in April by the state taskforce on COVID-19 restriction of movement for the violation of the state government Executive Order on inter-state movement.
The two pilots and the ten passengers were arraigned before a Magistrate court in Port Harcourt.
The court presided over by Justice Ihua-Maduenyi ruled that the accused persons should be quarantined for 14 days.