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Police seal hotel linked to Atiku’s supporter in Rivers 

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In a controversial move, the C4i Tactical Unit of the Rivers State Police Command has sealed off a hotel and bar owned by Hon. Jones Ogbonna, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a staunch supporter of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. This marks the second time that the police have taken such action against Ogbonna’s establishments.

The hotel and bar, located in the Elekahia community and Elekahia Housing Estate in Port Harcourt City, were reportedly surrounded by police officers, who ordered both guests and staff to vacate the premises. The sudden closure has raised eyebrows and generated speculation about the motives behind the police action.

Ogbonna, a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, strongly believes that the current governor, Nyesom Wike, is responsible for the sealing of his businesses. He claims that the police, acting on Wike’s orders, arrived at Priscy’s Bar in the early hours of May 29, 2023, and later proceeded to CSKR Hotels Limited at Elekahia Housing Estate.

According to Ogbonna’s account, the police officers stated that they had the governor’s authority to seal the premises. As a result, both establishments remain under police occupation, causing disruption to their operations.

While the actions of the Rivers State government and the State Police Command are yet to be officially addressed, the circumstances surrounding the closure of Hon. Jones Ogbonna’s hotel and bar have sparked allegations of political motives. As an ally of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Ogbonna’s connection to the PDP has raised questions about whether the police action is politically motivated.

The recent sealing of Hon. Jones Ogbonna’s hotel and bar by the Rivers State Police Command has ignited controversy and suspicions of political interference. The unfolding events raise concerns about the freedom of businesses and the potential exploitation of state power for political gain. As the public awaits official responses from the state government and the police command, the motive behind the closure remains a subject of speculation and scrutiny.

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