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Wike to demolish hotels used as hideouts for criminal activities


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres linked to criminal activities that the structures would be pulled down unless they desist from such acts.

Wike in a State broadcast on Sunday  warned that his administration would not tolerate any breach of peace in the state.

“We also wish to warn owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres to take notice and desist from releasing their facilities for politicians and party leaders to use to meet and plot against the peace, safety and security of our State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the State Government will pull down hotels and other entertainment places that are linked howsoever with such criminal political activities.

“I wish to reiterate our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property throughout the State and to reassure everyone that we shall continue to spare no effort to keep Rivers State safe and secure”.

The Gôvernor who thanked the people of Rivers for their support and solidarity said, ”  Iwish to thank you for the overwhelming support and solidarity you have given to us from the start of our administration in May 2015 to this very day.

”Also, I truly appreciate the trust you have continued to place in us, the cooperation we have continued to receive and the implicit faith in the commitment and determination of our government to advance the collective peace, security and progress of our State and our enduring collective quest for fairness, equity and justice in our country.

”I wish to reiterate that our commitment to the shared covenant for a new, secure and prosperous Rivers State remains strong as ever and we will neither relent nor waiver in our determination to deliver all that we set out to achieve to advance our security, progress and prosperity before the end of our administration.

”We have done so much and achieved a lot in the last seven years but there is still much more to be delivered. I can assure you that, and as you are witnessing, we will continue to deliver meaningful projects until our last day in office.’

Wike also commended the security agencies for their efforts in enduring peace and security in Rivers.

”As you all know these are very turbulent times in the history of our country as the level of insecurity across all parts has never been this bad.

”Nevertheless, we thank God Almighty for the prevailing high level of peace and security in Rivers State relative to the near calamity that has befallen most other parts of the country.

”We, therefore, appreciate and applaud our security agencies, for their efforts, courage and dedication to keeping Rivers State substantially safe and secure in the face of very daunting operational difficulties that they face, including the lack of adequate support systems and motivation from the Federal Government.

”The government and the security agencies have laboured hard to secure the prevailing peace and security, which we are determined to sustain for the benefit of the progress of the State and the wellbeing of our citizens.

”However, we are not unaware of the intelligence report on some misguided politicians who have started the process of recruiting cultists, supporters and ex-convicts as thugs in furtherance of their political aspirations for 2023.

” I wish to reiterate our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property throughout the State and to reassure everyone that we shall continue to spare no effort to keep Rivers State safe and secure.

”We urge residents to be vigilant while going about with their normal activities and promptly report any suspicious gatherings or, movementz,s in your vicinity to the attention of the security agencies for necessary action.

”Once again, thank you for your cooperation, prayer and support, which continues to humble and motivate us to deliver on our mandate to improve the security and well-being of all residents.

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