Lockdown: Rivers state govt demolishes two hotels for flouting Wike's directive

Lockdown: Rivers state govt demolishes two hotels for flouting Wike's directive

- Two hotels have been demolished in River state for flouting the lockdown directives of Governor Nyesom Wike

- The governor personally supervised the demolition of one of the hotels

- The governor had warned earlier that hotels who operate during the lockdown will be demolished

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Two hotels in Rivers state have been pulled down on the orders of the state government for allegedly violating the lockdown directives issued recently by Governor Nyesom Wike.

The governor had imposed a lockdown in two local government areas of the state and directed all hotels in the area to suspend services immediately as parts of measures to check the spread of COVID-19.

He warned residents that failure to comply with the order would attract instant demolition.

On Sunday, May 10, photos on social media showed the governor personally supervising the demolition of one of the hotels.

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While inaugurating the Rivers state COVID-19 task force at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, May 7, Governor Wike had asked them to identify hotels still operating during the lockdown for the state government to demolish them.

His words: “From tomorrow, move in. Any hotel that is operating, identify it and we will bring down the hotels. I have the political will. Those people who disobey will face the consequences.”

He said the task-force must be decisive to ensure that coronavirus is not accommodated in Rivers state. Governor Wike reminded them that they are being drafted to fight an invisible enemy and their duty is to defend Rivers people.

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On the same day, Governor Wike declared that vehicles that were seized in violation of the lockdown order after the owners were caught driving will be auctioned.

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The governor disclosed this after going round to check the level of compliance with the lockdown in the state.

The governor oversaw the arrest of several people who violated the order and the impounding of their cars.

Over 200 residents of Rivers state were arrested and over 20 vehicles impounded at the Elekahia Isolation Centre by different teams enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown.

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