Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the weekend made good his threat to demolish hotels which flout the government’s directives by operating in Port Harcourt, the state capital despite the ongoing 24-hour lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor, while ordering the capital city, comprising Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpo local government areas to be on curfew, also vowed to demolish hotels operating during the lockdown, including buildings, whose shops opened for business.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, said some hotels were already found reprehensible of flouting Wike’s lockdown directive.
The defaulting hotels identified are:- Protest Hotel, Alode, Eleme and Edemeteh Hotel, Onne.
Nsirim said they would be demolished in line with the Governor’s executive order.
Shockingly, the governor did set his demolition threat claim in motion, when he, with armed security forces, accompanied a bulldozer to pulverize the Protest Hotel, as well as the Edemeteh Hotel, One.
The Governor also stormed some roads in the capital city to enforce the lockdown, intensifying his no-nonsense disposition to directives in ensuring curtailment of the pandemic.
Governor wike who was in jeans trousers, long-sleeve shirt and a cap, in action, personally stopped cars, including pilot vehicles conveying very important personalities and ordered security operatives to take them to isolation centres, ordering vehicles of the defaulters to be impounded and asked mobile policemen escorting their principals to trek home.
Although, he allowed 2 persons to proceed to their destinations during the enforcement, which includes a person on essential duties and a pregnant woman, who said she was going for ante-natal.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi