There was Pandemonium at the Nkpogu area at the TransAmadi axes When tractors moved in by the Rivers State Government on Wednesday Morning made good its threat to demolish shanties at the Nkpogu waterfront in Port Harcourt. Recall that the Governor, Nyesom Wike during a visit to the area on Sunday, said he received credible intelligence report that some criminal network involved in the counterfeiting of bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and alcoholic beverages were operating in the area
Our correspondent Anita Ogona Who drove past the area reports that Motorist who didn’t initially knew what was causing the uproar began to undertake emergency U-turn, and we further gathered that the exercise came as a rude shock to some of them who wept bitterly that the land was legally acquired from the Local communities owners before they erected the structure when they information filtered that the Government, said, it will acquire the land as the shanties are also known to be used by criminals for other nefarious activities.
The displaced resident decried that no previous notice was issued to them to enable them evacuate and get a new place.
Kingsley Amadi Said he was surprised to wake up this morning and see soldiers, Mopol and policemen everywhere, we were told that the governor came on Sunday to inspect the area and threatened to demolish the places he allegedly said they used to produce fake drinks, and nothing more we didn’t expect that they would clear everybody like this, see my things outside with my wife and children, How I go take start from here? he asked
Many of the displaced residents and neighbors were seen packing their shattered belongings while others stood tearfully watching the demolition of what was once called home. Many of the residents affected by the exercise, had on Monday, after the Governors visit on Sunday pleaded with the state government to give them more time to find shelter elsewhere before proceeding with the demolition. Noting that the governor’s decision came to them as a shock, and that they have nowhere to go to than to sleep under the cold whether until help comes.
pix credit – Allwell Ene