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Wike demolishes two hotels in Rivers for flouting lockdown order

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered the demolition of Prudent Hotel, Eleme, and Etemeteh Hotel, Onne, for allegedly flouting the lockdown directives.

CANDIIDONLINE reports that the lockdown order was directed by the state government to curtail the spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19, in the state.

Wike supervised the demolition of the hotel in Eleme himself on Sunday while other government officials headed to Onne.

This was made known on Sunday in a statement by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant (Electronic Media) to Rivers Governor.

Nwakaudu added: “The Rivers State Government also demolished Etemeteh Hotel, Onne on Sunday.  Both hotels flouted Rivers State Government Executive Order 6.

“Governor Wike told journalists that the law must be obeyed,  hence the State Government’s decision to enforce it.’’

He said that Government had no alternative but to apply the Executive order signed by the governor before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt.

According to the statement,  the governor called on all the Traditional Rulers and Council Chairmen to ensure that no hotel operates in the State.

“We are not saying it will be forever. This is for now, so that we know where we are; to reduce the cases and check the spread.

“Whether you are PDP or not, all we are saying is that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know we are not discriminatory.

“Everyone must obey. Whether you are in PDP, SDP or no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same thing, the same rule will apply.

“We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order.  Therefore, the executive order will be applied.

“We said if any hotel operates, Government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.

“Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe,’’ he said.

It would be recalled that the governor, while imposing the lockdown, had directed all hotels in the state to suspend services immediately.

He had also warned residents that failure to comply with the order would attract stiff penalties.

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