The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has placed N5m bounty for information that leads to the arrest of Princewill Osaroejiji, owner of Etemeteh Hotel.
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Etemeteh Hotel at Onne area of the state is one of the two hotels (the other, Prodest Hotel) Wike superintended the demolition at the weekend.
The governor has also declared the owner, Osaroejijin, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP youths leader in Eleme Local government area wanted, placing N5m on his head.
In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike pushed back at the fierce criticism trailing the demolition exercise.
He said: “Government has no alternative but to apply the executive order, which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt. I called all the traditional rulers and council chairmen and told them 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.
”Look at the rate of infections, most of these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi Hotel in Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.
“Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. People talk about hunger. But it is only a living person that can discuss hunger.
“What we are doing is to tell the people that the state government is serious. This being led by me, people should know that the government is determined to ensure that we defeat Coronavirus.”