The owner of Prodest Hotel demolished by Rivers State Government Promise Gogorobari has faulted the government’s declaration of his manager, Bariledum Azoroh has COVID-19 positive.
Recall that the state government had in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, named Azoroh as one of the 27 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the state.
Nsirim said: “Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive Coronavirus cases. The Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme, is among the new positive cases.
“This latest development validates our proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19. Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7, which banned the operation of hotels.
“The COVID-19 Taskforce members from Eleme Local Government Area who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.”
But, Gogorobari accused the government of laying a background to kill Azoroh, whom he said was hale and hearty when he was arrested and kept in government’s custody.
Gogorobari accused the government of hiring “unorthodox medical officers” to write a report that Azoroh tested positive for COVID-19 and wondered why he was the only one, whose name was mentioned among the 27 new cases.
His words: “Intelligence report reaching me indicates that my manager who is now a prisoner of the Rivers State Government has been framed up by an unorthodox hired medical officers recruited by the government with a report that he has tested positive for COVID-19 whilst in detention. ”
He said the manager was being detained in an “illegal” detention facility at the stadium in Elekahia, despite Federal Government’s stance against all forms of illegal detention in Rivers State.
Saying that the current administration in the state lacked respect for the rule of law, Gogorobari recalled that Azoroh was “kept at the gangster stadium facility and surreptitiously tried and convicted with a fine of N50,000 and ordered to be isolated for 14 days.”
He said: “This is the worst abuse of human rights under the Quarantine Act. The Rivers State Government and Governor Wike must be held liable for infecting my manager who is in their custody for over 15 days with COVID-19.
“He was a very healthy person before his arrest. It is therefore medically impossible that the infection occurred before his detention. It is a known fact that I and the Rivers State Government are at daggers drawn over demolition of my hotel.
“It is a bestial act for the same government to convict my manager and now infect him with the novel Coronavirus. It is also known that the object of the government is to kill my manager and his lawyer by conducting some unorthodox medical tracing to the lawyer.
“The manager is currently under pressure to take some unorthodox drugs that are non-compliant with the NCDC(National Centre for Disease Control) prescription and treatment procedures. Furthermore, the drugs have been prepared locally and it is a poison such that if used will kill the manager of Prodest Hotel within 24 hours.
“The whole world should be aware that Governor Wike wants to kill my manager to convince the public that infected persons were in the hotel all in attempt to justify his illegal demolition of my hotel May 10.
“The President should step in now to stop the murderous rage of the governor of Rivers State. Wike should submit Dr. Azoroh to the NCDC in Abuja and stop all further acts in this matter.”