P/HARCOURT – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said anyone giving religious or ethnic coloration to the demolition of the Oginiba abattoir located at Trans-Amadi Industrial layout in Obio-Akpor council, does not mean well for the state and country.
He said besides the demolished slaughter being a haven for criminal elements, its location at the Trans-Amadi Industrial Area is now considered inappropriate in terms of the State government’s urban renewal policy.
Governor Wike stated this when he visited the former Oginiba slaughter market for on the spot assessment of the ongoing demolition exercise.
He explained the State government decided to demolish the market because of incessant cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, innocent women being raped and other violent crimes within the precinct of the market.
The Rivers State governor disclosed that over the years a large cache of weapons was amassed by criminal elements operating from the demolished slaughter.
He expressed optimism that with the demolition, residents of Oginiba will now heave a sigh of relief from the activities of criminals.
He stated that it is mischievous for anyone to insinuate that the demolition is targeted at any particular ethnic or religious group.
According to him, there are several other slaughter markets like the ones in Eliozu, Rukpokwu, and Ogbogoro that are still functional and have not been converted to a haven for crime and criminality.
“So anybody bringing religious or ethnic coloration doesn’t mean well for the people of the state and the country. And I am not going to be perturbed. I am not going to be cowed and also I am not going to be blackmailed by anybody,” he emphasised.