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Outrage Trail Wike’s Decision To Demolish Two Hotels

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Owner Of Demolished Hotel In Rivers Breaks Silence, Denies Flouting Lockdown Order

…As SERAP Threatens Legal Action

…Wike Now A Full Blown Dictator- Peterside

By Augustine Akhilomen

Nigerians have condemned the demolition of two hotels by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike On Sunday for flouting the lockdown order in the State.

The two hotels – Prodest Hotel, Eleme, and Edemete Hotel, Onne – were pulled down on Sunday on the orders of the Governor for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown order in the state.

The governor personally monitored the demolition.

The Rivers government in its effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus had barred hotels in the state from opening their doors for business.

But the brazen decision of the Governor sparked immediate outrage from Nigerians, many of whom condemned the Governor’s action, describing it as dictatorial and abuse of office.

@NachiJames Pulling down of buildings is unconstitutional and illegal. It wasn’t a building that violated the law, it was man that violated the law and laws are made for man to obey. When a law is being disobeyed by man, you charge the culprit to a competent court of jurisdiction.

@EmekaD7 Shameful this is coming from a bencher. A law cannot be enforced arbitrarily. No amount of defence can eraze the evil you’ve done. You have no such right in law to demolish property without a valid court order. You cannot be the complaint, prosecutor and judge at the same time.

@FALEKE1 Is presidential Hotel empty ? Is emerald Hotel empty? When would penalty act on these hotels?
Alhaji Pitakwa

@Adunguke1 No leader in his right senses will embark upon the rubbish you just did! Just self isolate, Repent and apologize to the good people of Rivers state to forgive you.
Richard chidi

@collinswise I wonder why you will support the demolition of a building, a life time investment, when there are other penalties that can be used to curb the situation. It’s sad how we support tragedy inflicted on our fellow man because it’s did not effect us. So sickening!

@YouthsForAtiku Mr Gov sir, the hotels can actually be use as isolation center instead of demolishing it.
Chukwudi Kingsley Anayo

@AKAwkuzu You went too far your excellency Sir. Why demolish people’s investments. This is so sad and disheartening Pouting face

@leorisentp Eskis sir you wicked oo this person you have made a scale goat could have actually been used to sensitize the public by taking over the property indefinitely. Your action was rather too harsh. Did this law pass through public hearing ?

@Emmanue81734009 Why didn’t u break Presidential hotel and golden tulip nevertheless there is no peace for the wicked if man doesn’t pay you GOD WILL after all what ur task force people did to market women even on d Eve of d lock http://down.now I know y they behave like dogs

@OparaConfidenc6 What about people who live outside Rivers State but where in the state when the lockdown took place, they only depend on hotel for food and shelter. What about people who had job working in that hotel, Governor Wike you just rendered them jobless. Did you think about the people

@Ceanbad06 But that was too harsh. Consequences:- Jobs lost, Hardship promoted. There are better options than the actions you took. I did rather Seal, Revoke license or Put under lock & keys.

@DonAniche This’ like enacting a law that proposes death penalty for stealing. It’s too extreme.

@oginnidamolar So to demolish someone property is part of the law, even this can’t happen in North Korea. Stupid governor

@NellyDonDada This is extreme please! This executive order should be cancelled. Convert the hotels to isolation centres. Ask the defaulters to pay heavy fines. Convert the hotels to temporary homes for the homeless for like 3 years rather than demolishing existing buildings. What emotions? Angry face

Meanwhile, a civic group, Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) have condemned the demolition of hotels in Rivers by the state government.

SERAP in its reaction said the demolition and forced evictions are “a violation of article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party”.

SERAP in a message posted on Twitter said Wike is using COVID-19 to perpetrate human rights violations.

“If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know we are not discriminatory,” Mr Wike told reporters. “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.”

In the same vein, the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has condemned in strong terms the demolition of two hotels in Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Wike over alleged violation of an Executive Order.

Peterside said Wike had so far developed into a full-blown dictator, insisting that the latest action of the governor was “wicked, insensitive, irresponsible and unlawful.”

He said: “Last week, Governor Wike made two broadcasts where Rivers people expected him to lay out well-determined plans of how to ensure mass testing following the inauguration of molecular laboratories in UPTH and RSUTH with achievable timelines, while also strengthening other areas.

“However, no such thing was heard from the governor but threats upon threats as to how he would dethrone traditional rulers, how he will sack local government chairmen, how he will summarily arrest violators of the executive order and punish them, how he will auction their vehicles, amongst other threats. Governor Wike is not a law unto himself and cannot be the law.

“For good measure, the governor rounded up by saying he would demolish buildings or hotels found wanting in implementing his orders without recourse to the due process of law and natural justice that confers the right of fair hearing on the accused.

“Wike’s utterances do not suggest that he is fighting the coronavirus pandemic alone. His actions suggest that there is more than what he is telling Rivers people. He has become a dictator whose words must be obeyed or be damned”.

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They Want To Sabotage 2023 Election, Shehu Sani Gives Reasons Gunmen Are Attacking INEC Offices

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A former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani has revealed that the reason criminals are attacking and burning offices and other facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was to sabotage the 2023 general elections.

Gunmen have been on a rampage attacking and burning down INEC infrastructures across the country, particularly in the Southeast.

Recall that the INEC office in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was torched by unknown hoodlums on Sunday.

Some of the properties razed down were 340 ballot boxes, 14 power generators, 130 voting cubicles, large water storage tanks, office furniture and a large number of voter cards.

Reacting to the incident, Shehu Sani in a tweet on Monday said that the attackers are enemies of progress who do not want the general elections to be conducted in 2023.

He said, “The ultimate aim of those attacking and burning down INEC offices is to sabotage the coming general elections.

“They are enemies of democracy. It’s a patriotic duty for people to defy violence and rise up against those anarchists.”

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2023: We’ll Reproduce Burnt PVCs, Attacks Can’t Stop Elections, INEC Assures

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A former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini says attacks on the offices of the electoral umpire are attacks on democracy but non-state actors can’t stop the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

He also said the electoral commission will reproduce all Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) burnt by hoodlums during attacks on its offices.

“I am very concerned about the attacks on INEC offices across the country particularly in the areas that have been identified,” Igini said on Channnels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Attacks on INEC offices have surged in recent times with at least three incidents recorded only in November. 65,699 uncollected PVCs were destroyed by hoodlums who attacked two of its offices in Ogun and Osun states while several PVCs and other electoral items were also burnt during an attack in Ebonyi State.

However, Igini said INEC has the information of all PVCs at state and national offices and it won’t take it days to reproduce them.

“INEC has the capacity to respond to these challenges, particular in respect to the PVCs that have been burnt. INEC has the number of all the PVCs…It is a matter of days, INEC will produce those PVCs,” he said.

He urged Nigerians not to be discouraged but to ensure they get their PVCs and exercise their franchise in the next general election.

The former REC also decried the inability of security agencies to bring perpetrators of violent attacks on INEC offices to book.

“Why should extra-constitutional actors, why should non-legitimise actors continue to attack INEC. It is an attack on democracy. My pain is that we have not been able to track anybody.

“It is a big challenge to all security agencies in this country that for these years, we have been unable to track those who attack our democracy.

“Look at what happened in the US, all those who attacked the Capitol Hill have been brought to book everyday but here we are in a state of anomie,” Igini stated.

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2023: I’ve No Plans To Relocate FCT To Lagos, Sell NNPC To Friends, Tinubu Tells Atiku, Peter Obi

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..Says He’s Destine To Succeed Buhari As President 

Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has dismissed rumours that he plans to relocate the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT from Abuja to Lagos.

The APC candidate accused the opposition of launching a multi-pronged desperate campaign of falsehoods against him.

Tinubu, in a statement on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC, Mr Bayo Onanuga added that unlike the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar, he (Tinubu) does not intend to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited to his friends.

According to him, the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against him is the handiwork of the PDP and Labour Party.

“After exhausting their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, the opposition PDP and their surrogate Labour Party have begun a multi-pronged desperate campaign of falsehoods.

“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May, 2023”, he stated.

According to him, the misinformation campaign, according to field reports, is being given some traction by some elders on the payroll of the PDP.


“We are shocked that some people could contrive such egregious lie, all in the name of politics, with the intention to confuse our burgeoning support base in that part of the country.

“Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.


“The same purveyors of falsehood have also been distorting the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited by the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The truth is that President Buhari has not privatised NNPC as planned by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Buhari has instead made it a commercial entity, owned by all the tiers of government, in line with the Petroleum Industry Act”, he stated.

Tinubu noted that in due course, the company will be in a position to declare and share dividends to all its owners, the way Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobas of Brazil do.

“As the destined successor of President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu will continue the policy of the Buhari administration. Unlike Atiku, Tinubu has no plan to sell NNPC to his friends or cronies”, he added.

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