Gov. Wike Relaxes Lockdown As SERAP Threaten’s Legal Action


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced the temporary relaxation of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.

The Governor made the statement in a State-Wide broadcast on Sunday. He announced that the total lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday, 13th May, 2020.

The Governor revealed the temporary lifting of the lockdown is for residents to restock foodstuffs and medicines to their homes.

The Governor however stated that the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May, 2020.

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“Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.

“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020. Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public”  Governor Wike said.

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All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020.

It could be recalled that Governor Wike demolished two hotels in the state for allegedly flouting government order.

Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation, the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project(SERAP), has threatened to institute legal action against Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over the demolition of the two hotels on Sunday.

Reacting via Twitter, SERAP accused the governor of using COVID-19 to perpetrate human right violation, noting that his “executive rascality” must stop.

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“We condemn the reported demolition of Prodest Hotel by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. Using COVID-19 to perpetrate human rights violations is executive rascality and Mr Wike must stop this now.

“We’re taking legal action to hold him and his government to account for the illegal actions.

“The demolition of Prodest Hotel is forced evictions and in 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,” the CSO stated.


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