Lock Down: Demolition in Port-Harcourt
Confusion as Gov. Wike begins demolition of hotels that allegedly violated lockdown orderBlog 05.21.2020
Confusion seems to engulf Rivers State as Gov Nyeson Wike and his squad began demolishing two hotels in a part of Rivers State over alleged violation of lockdown orders..
Confusion seems to engulf Rivers State as Gov Nyeson Wike and his squad began demolishing two hotels in a part of Rivers State over alleged violation of lockdown orders.
By noon today, Sunday, May 10, 2020, cries rang out from Alode in Eleme town and Onne, near Port Harcourt, where bulldozers began demolishing the hotels. A large crowd gathered at the spots. Few minutes later, social media was awash with weeping and wailing alongside photos of crumbling edifices.
It is not clear if the demolition was granted by any court as no word came from relevant government authorities that moment.
The governor had issued what he called ‘extreme measures’ ordering Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor, the tow local council areas that make up the state capital (Port Harcourt) to totally shut down. He had said in the broadcast on Monday, May 4, 2020, to auction any hotel or vehicle that violated the order.
By Thursday, May 7, 2020, while going round to enforce the order, the governor said he would demolish any erring hotel. This seemed to throw confusion especially within the leisure industry as hotel owners did not know which actually was the punishment; auction or demolition.