The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP), has said it will take legal action against governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over the reported demolition of Prodest Hotel in Port Harcourt.
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The group, which condemned the demolition, describing it as “using COVID-19 to perpetrate human rights violations”.
Wike earlier on Sunday, ordered the demolition of the hotel, over allegation of violating the lockdown directive in the state, which required all hotels to suspend services, as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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However, SERAP in a statement on its official Twitter handle, stated that:
“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 the illegal actions.”
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“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.”
BREAKING: We condemn the reported demolition of Prodest Hotel by Gov Wike, Rivers State.
Using COVID-19 to perpetrate human rights violations is executive rascality & Mr Wike must stop this now.
We’re taking legal action to hold him & his govt. to account for illegal actions.
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) May 10, 2020
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