Security officers attached to the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt in the early hours of Friday sealed off three facilities belonging to associates of a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Austin Opara, in parts of the state capital.
Recall that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had, in a statewide TV broadcast a few days ago, threatened that the state government would seal off hotels and other facilities used as gathering points for political thugs. and suspected cultists in the state.
Opara is a top leader of the state’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which works for the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
LEADERSHIP has gathered that more than 40 employees and guests at the three facilities, including a bar, hotel and gas station, were arrested by security guards during the operation.
A source, who requested anonymity, told Our Correspondent that while the bar and hotel are owned by a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, the Hon. Jones Ogbonda, and former PDP Chairman in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Hon. Ikechi Chinda, respectively, the gas station is owned by a member of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Chinyere Igwe.
The source said: ‘Government House security men have just closed down Priscy’s Bar, Elekahia, Port Harcourt, owned by the Hon. Jones Ogbonda, a former lawmaker at the Rivers State House of Assembly, after arresting more than 40 customers and employees at the premises.
“They also sealed off the Preray Hotel at Eagle Island, Port Harcourt, owned by Ikechi Chinda, former PDP Chairman at Port Harcourt City LGA. Arrests also took place.
“Mega Tool filling station at Ojoto Street, Diobu, Port Harcourt, owned by Hon. Chinyere Igwe, a serving Member of the House of Representatives, was also sealed.