The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project, SERAP, has threatened to institute legal action against the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over the demolition of two hotels in the State, earlier today, which he claimed disobeyed the Executive Order 6 currently in force in the State, to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recall, that the Governor personally supervised the demolition of two hotels in the State, today, saying: “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.”
Reacting however, to the demolition, SERAP via Twitter, accused Governor Wike of using the coronavirus pandemic to perpetrate human rights violation, noting that, his “Executive rascality” must stop.
SERAP tweeted: “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 are 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.”