Governor Nyesom of Rivers State has vowed that his government will not rest until all illegal structures particularly shanties are cleared from the state as a means of tackling security challenges.
The governor made the assertion on Monday during a state broadcast in Port Harcourt the state capital.
Recall that the governor had ordered the demolition of the Oginiba abattoir in the Trans Amadi area of the state capital in a bid to clear off criminal elements from the area.
DAILY POST reports that the move triggered a backlash from concerned Nigerians as some ascribe it to hatred for Northerners residing in the area.
However, during the broadcast, governor Wike said his government “refuses blackmailed by those unpatriotic elements who are trying to stir false ethnic, religious or tribal sentiments” over the demolition.
He said, “We wish to reiterate that the ongoing demolition of shanties was borne out of the compelling need to safeguard lives and property across the State.
“Our objective, which is gradually being achieved is to deny the criminals these sanctuaries and hideouts from which they embark on their criminal activities and safely return to.
“We, therefore, refuse to be blackmailed by those unpatriotic elements who are trying to stir false ethnic, religious or tribal sentiments around our patriotic commitment to advance the safety and security of residents.
“Furthermore, we refuse to be intimidated by such baseless pranks. Rather, we will not rest until we clear the State of all shanties wherever they are located and restore sanity to our environment and achieve a better sense of comfort and security for everyone.
“Once again, thank you all for your support, prayer and understanding as we continue to work together to advance our collective security, peace and progress”.