Mixed Reactions As Gov. Wike Demolishes Two Hotels For Violation Of Coronavirus Lockdown Order In Port-Harcourt


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike
has carried out his threat of demolishing Prodest Hotel at Alode in Eleme Local Government Area of the state for violating the lockdown order put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Governor had in a recent statement released by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim disclosed plans to demolish the Prodest Hotel and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne for violation.

In carrying out the planned demolition as earlier promised, 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.

Governor Wike at the demolition site
Governor Wike at the demolition site

A resident of the state, who witnessed the demolition exercise on Sunday, told SaharaReporters that the incident has sent panic across the city.

He said;

He was at Eleme to demolish Prodest Hotel for violating the lockdown order. Bars and laundry services are also affected. There is panic everywhere.

Governor Wike had declared a total lockdown on the two major cities in the state, Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas in his effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Interstate borders, markets, pubs, restaurants and hotels were also closed by the Governor.

This comes days after photos and videos of Governor Wike ensuring the adherence of the lockdown rules in the state went viral on the internet.

In a video, he was seen either ordering for the quarantine for residents of the state seen violating the order or public punishment.

Many Nigerians have however reacted to the demolition, with some describing it as a necessary measure to instill discipline in people. Others feel his actions were ‘out of order, over the top and unnecessary’.

See mixed reactions below:

See photos from demolished site below;

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