You would recall that the State governor had earlier maintained that the demolition of two hotels in Eleme Local Government Area of the state was done in line with extant laws, saying the state government has done no wrong.
Speaking during a state-wide broadcast on Sunday night, Wike explained that the owner of the two hotels unleashed thugs to attack members of the state task force that went to enforce the law against their continued operations.
Governor Wike aslo added that most of the task force members sustained severe head injuries from the attack.
Meanwhile, criticism have continued to pour in from different angles by citizens, legal practitioners and prominent members of the society over Governor Wike’s action.
In one of the viral videos which was trending on major social media platforms, Ralph Uwazurike criticized Governor Wike while daring him to try same thing in Imo state. Watch the clip below:
In another clip trending on Facebook, which was made public during the late hours of Sunday evening saw the likes of Chief Chima Nnokam, a business man and prominent figure in Rivers State call on the youths of the state to rise and say no to dictatorship. See video below.
Also reacting to Wike’s action is Hon. Kelechi Nwogu, member representing Oyibo in the Rivers State House of Assembly. Hon. Kelechi Wondered why people are focused on just the demolition and not the crime committed, he added that the State government were on course and the demolition would serve as deterrent to others who would want to flaunt the government order. Read Hon. Kelechi’s statement below.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has said Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is an embarrassment to the Body of Benchers.
He said the Governor needs to be sanctioned by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
Falana, SAN, in an interview with newsmen, said the development in Port Harcourt was very disturbing, stressing that Wike should not be allowed to continue to violate the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The rights Lawyer also said the Executive Order relied upon by Governor Wike is an administrative instrument with guidelines and not a Law, adding that the Constitution supersedes the Governor’s order.
Falana added that any offender regardless of the crime committed should be charged before a Court and tried in line with the Law. RIVERS : WIKE A COLOSSAL EMBARRASSMENT TO BODY OF BENCHERS – FEMI FALANA.
Meanwhile Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, former Director General of NIMASA has described Wike as a “full blown dictator,” this was contained in a statement made public during the late hours of Sunday evening. Wike Has Blossomed Into Full Blown Dictator – Dakuku.
Amongst those who reacted to Wike’s action are Sen. Magnus Abe, view details below.
Dr. Chris Oyirinda: view details below.
Dr. Austin Tam-George, also had this to say.
See Handsome Kinikanwo’s reaction below.