The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike,on Sunday April 10, supervised the demolition of two hotels in the state for violating the order of the state government for hotels to remain shut as part of measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The governor had marked the hotel and one other, Etemeteh Hotel, Onne for demolition for allegedly flouting his government’s directive on the closure of hotels in the state.
The governor stunned residents of the state this afternoon when he accompanied a bulldozer to the Prodest Hotel to pull the structure down. The same fate befell the Edemeteh Hotel, Onne.
Many residents of the state however thought it was a threat to make other hoteliers put themselves in order, but were taken by surprise when a demolition truck arrived at the location of Prodest Hotel at about 11:30 am accompanied by Governor Wike and other officials of the Rivers State task force, and the building was eventually brought down
Responding to press briefing, the governor said, ‘Whether you are PDP or not, what we are saying is that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP member, then you will know that we are not discriminating’
He dismissed claims that it has a political undertone. According to him, the hotel in Eleme belongs to a PDP member and so if he can demolish a property belonging to a PDP member, then the same fate can befall any other person.