Drama occurred on Tuesday as half-naked and angry elderly Ogoni women stormed Bori town, the headquarters of Khana Local Government area to protest the continued isolation of the manager of the demolished Prodest Hotel, Dr. Bariledum Azoroh by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
The hotel manager is currently being quarantined in one of the Isolation centres in Port Harcourt after the state government said he tested positive for Coronavirus.
The women issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the Rivers State Government to set free the manager of the demolished Prodest Hotel, Azoroh or they would protest totally naked.
The half-naked women, who marched across the streets of Zakpo in Bori, Khana local government of River State threatened that if Azoroh (who is also an Ogoni) was not released within 24 hours, that is, May 27, they would protest naked on the streets of Bori, which is not only an abomination, but a curse in Africa tradition and culture.
The angry women alleged that Azoroh, who was recently declared to have contracted COVID-19 by the state government had been moved from Elekahia Isolation centre to Eleme Quarantine centre among other COVID-19 patients.
The State Government, through Paulinus Nsirim, the Commissioner for Information and Communications had on Sunday, May 23, announced that the state had recorded 27 new positive Coronavirus cases, among whom was the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme.
Nsirim said the development validated the state government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.
He recalled 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 the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them,” Nsirim stated.
However, making public the status of Azoroh by the state government has attracted condemnation from Rivers citizens.
For instance, a lawyer and former Media Aide to Governor Nyesom Wike, St Franklyn Oraye, faulted and queried the Rivers State Government’s declaration that Azoroh was COVID-19 positive, saying it was an abuse of the privacy of the manager.
Oraye questioned: “When was he tested? Why is the result being published almost two weeks after the incident? Is it not possible that he got infected after the incident? For now let’s not bother about how he was infected. Who are the other infected persons?
“If it’s not political mischief, can we have a list of all tested persons and their results, especially those who work or worked for government? That should be the only justification for releasing the test result of one patient.”