Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has ordered the
destruction of all criminal hideouts in Ahoada, Elele, Eleme and Onne to
prevent attempt to undermine security of the State.
The governor said criminals are already coming to terms with the reality
that Rivers State is too hot for them to invade at will and detonate
their foolish attack on targeted security posts and personnel.
Governor Wike, who made this assertion in a state broadcast on Friday,
disclosed that the State government has identified the hideouts, safe
houses and secret places that provide both cover and comfort for the
hoodlums to plan, execute and return to after operations.
“This was the reason we ordered the destruction of all the shanties and
makeshift structures located along Elele to Ahoada expanse of the
East–West road to deny the criminals the opportunity to continue to
undermine our security from these hideouts.
“We have equally decided to destroy all the shanties, illegal shops and
mechanic sheds along the Eleme to Onne stretch of the East-West road
having discovered these places also as hideouts and operational bases
for criminals and criminal activities in the State.
“Consequently, I hereby direct owners of such shanties and illegal
structures along the Eleme – Onne axis of the East-West road to vacate
the area within two weeks from today 11th June 2021 as the State
Government will go ahead to destroy these structures without any further
Governor Wike said Government is not unmindful of the economic effect
these measures will have or may have had on residents carrying out
businesses in the affected areas. He, however stressed that government
is merely discharging its constitutional responsibility to advance the
collective security of all with no ethnic targets in mind or attachment
to political sentiments.
He explained that the existing curfew in Rivers state will not last
one day beyond necessary and plead with all residents to endure the
temporary inconveniences in the interest of the State and collective
wellbeing of all.
“We will continue to take the war on criminality and insecurity to the
den of the criminals and we will neither yield nor lower the tempo of
our assault until they are comprehensively neutralized. As a matter of
fact, they want us to prematurely terminate the state wide night time
curfew in order for them to have the leeway to operate again and roll
back the gains of the last few weeks.”
Governor Wike said he has received reports about the excesses of the
State Task Force on illegal trading and parks, especially the alleged
shooting of motorists, extortions and abuse of the human rights of
He assured that government will not hesitate to bring the full weight of
the law on any member of the task force who crosses the boundaries of
the law and rational behaviour.
The governor, who appealed to motorists and residents to be responsible
road users by complying with the clear regulations against illegal
trading, indiscriminate parking and irresponsible driving, noted that
the situation where some motorists would have the effrontery to compete
for traffic space with or even attempt to block his official vehicular
convoy leaves much to be desired.
He has meanwhile, directed the management of the State’s Waste
Management Authority to clear the State of filthiness within one week or
be disbanded without any further notice.