Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the weekend made good his threat to demolish hotels operating in Port Harcourt, the state capital despite the ongoing 24-hour lockdown to check spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor, while placing the capital city, comprising Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpo local government areas on curfew, vowed to pull down hotels operating during the lockdown and buildings, whose shops opened for business.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, said some hotels were already found culpable of disobeying Wike’s lockdown directive.
Nsirim identified the defaulting hotels as Prodest Hotel, Alode, Eleme and Edemeteh Hotel, Onne.
Wike stunned persons, who thought he was joking over the demolition threat, when he accompanied a bulldozer to the Prodest Hotel.
The Governor, who was accompanied by armed security operatives, watched as the earth-moving machine pulverized the hotel.
The same fate befell the Edemeteh Hotel, Onne.
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) youth leader in Eleme Local Government area of the state, Princewill Osaroejiji, has been declared wanted.
The declaration was made by the state government over his alleged involvement in criminal activities. A government statement said that N5 million would be given to anyone who provides reliable information that would lead to Osaroejiji’s arrest.