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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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‘No Going Back On Our Nationwide Protest’, Says NLC Despite FG’s Suspension Of Fuel Subsidy Removal

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…As FG Proposes Extension Of Fuel Subsidy Removal By 18 Months, Seeks To Amend PIA

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to continue with its planned nationwide rally on Thursday, despite the announcement by the Federal Government that it would no longer remove the fuel subsidy for now.

NLC Deputy President, Joe Ajaero, during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, explained that the rally is aimed at sensitising Nigerians.

“NLC is still standing on its position,” he said on Tuesday. “The Federal Government didn’t say they have abolished it, they are postponing the evil day.

“What we are doing is sensitisation of Nigerians on this fuel subsidy removal or so-called increase in the pump price of petroleum products.”

The labour leader further explained the reasons for the sensitisation, claiming that the fuel subsidy removal was about inflicting more suffering on Nigerians.

“The NLC is sensitising Nigerians that this is not sustainable; that the idea of fuel subsidy is a hoax which they are using to inflict pains on Nigerians.

“So, our planned rally stands. On the 27th of January 2022, we rally nationwide, including the FCT,” he added.

Ajaero argued that the rally has become necessary to alert members of the NLC on perennial hike in the pump price of petrol and other refined petroleum products.

“We need to put our foot soldiers at alert on any eventual action on this issue of increase in the pump price of petroleum products from the current price to over N300 per litre,” he stressed.

The Federal Government had earlier announced the suspension of the planned removal of fuel subsidy.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had on Monday said the government had suspended the plan to remove fuel subsidy.

She explained that the government would make provisions for fuel subsidy beyond its initial June deadline in the 2022 budget.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is proposing to extend the period for the implementation of the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, by 18 months.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, announced this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja.

He disclosed that the government has concluded plans to approach the National Assembly to amend the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

“We are proposing an 18-month extension but what the National Assembly is going to approve is up to them,” the minister said. “We would approve an 18-month extension and then it is up to the National Assembly to look at it and pass the amendment as they see it.

“With assent by the President on August 16, 2021, the PMS subsidy removal was therefore expected to take place effective February 16, 2022. However, following extensive consultations with all key stakeholders within and outside the government, it has been agreed that the implementation period for the removal of the subsidy should be extended.

“This extension will give all the stakeholders time to ensure that the implementation is carried out in a manner that ensures all necessary modalities are in place to cushion the effect of the PMS subsidy removal, in line with prevailing economic realities.

“The President assures that his administration will continue to put in place all necessary measures to protect the livelihoods of all Nigerians, especially the most vulnerable.”

Sylva, who chairs the PIA Implementation Committee, stressed that the decision of the executive arm of government to seek an amendment of the law was not politically motivated.

Rather, he explained that such a move has become necessary to halt the potential suffering of the vulnerable in the society.

The minister believes other measures such as the Dangote refinery, the Port Harcourt refinery, and other modular refineries will have significantly come on stream by the end of the year.

According to him, the new PIA provides for unrestricted market pricing for PMS from the effective date.

Sylva, however, stated that the PIA also envisaged the potential for supply disruption with its resultant effect on the economy.

“Consequently, it provides for a window of six months from the effective date for the government to request the services of NNPC Limited as the supplier of last resort.

“This is to forestall supply disruptions and guide market readiness preparatory to migration to the deregulated pricing regime,” he added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, he stated, has assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to put in place all necessary measures to protect the livelihoods of the citizens, especially the most vulnerable.

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JUST IN: Senate Passes Harmonised Electoral Bill With Direct, Indirect, Consensus Modes Of Primaries

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The Senate has passed the harmonised version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The harmonised version is the final agreed version of the amendment on clause 84 between the Senate and House of Representatives.


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Ekiti Gov: Don’t Hijack APC Primaries, Group Warns Fayemi

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The Ekiti State chapter of the Grassroots Movement for Change (GMC), has cautioned Governor Kayode Fayemi against using state apparatus to favour his “choice candidate”.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary will be held on Thursday ahead of the June 18 election.

A statement on Monday by the GMC, noted that any attempt to subvert the wish of the people will be resisted.

The Secretary, Ademola Ogunrombi, said Fayemi has enjoyed a relatively peaceful tenure and should not be involved in any act that might cause violence in the state.

The scribe demanded that the people be allowed to vote their choice candidate without any fear of manipulation.

“This election seeks to present a fresh candidate for the first time in a long time in our electoral history.

“For those who seek to enslave us by collecting money to mortgage our future, be warned that Ekiti is not like every other state.”

The group urged stakeholders to rise and ensure that the state does not drift into anarchy “due to the selfish interest of a microscopic few”.

The statement advised the APC national caretaker committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Buni to be fair and transparent during the primary.

Earlier, Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Femi Ojudu, advised the party to ensure a credible exercise in order to produce a formidable flagbearer.

Ojudu said he decided not to endorse any aspirant because he wants to be an unbiased umpire and a rallying point to settle differences that would emerge after the primary.

Meanwhile, a House of Representatives member and aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has warned that the APC will collapse if the party picks its candidate outside Ekiti South Senatorial District.

Bamisile commended the adoption of direct primary, saying it would remove the financial burden on contestants and tame manipulation of process.

The lawmaker stressed that the people of the South can no longer tolerate the “conspiracy” that has ostracised them from the political equation since 1999

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