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SERAP condemns Wike over demolition of hotels, threatens legal action



SOCIO-ECONOMIC Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the demolition of hotels in Rivers by the state government.

  The civic group also threatened to take legal action against the state governor, Nyesom Wike describing the demolition as illegal.

  “We condemn the reported demolition of Prodest Hotel by Gov Wike, Rivers State. 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 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,” SERAP disclosed via its official Twitter handle.

  The Rivers State Government had on Sunday, demolished two hotels in the state allegedly for violating the lockdown order in the state.

  Governor Wike personally supervised the demolition of the structures in the company with some government officials.

  The affected hotels are Prodest Hotel in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne – both in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

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