The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has described reports that the state government demolished a mosque as a concoction by mischief makers bent on causing disaffection in the state.
The governor, who said there was no mosque built on the site in question, stated this when he visited the location of the alleged mosque demolition at Biambo street, off School Road, Rainbow Estate, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, on Monday, in the company of reporters.
According to him, there was no mosque on the location, hence nothing was demolished.
He said: “I received calls from several prominent Nigerians on the fake news being circulated online. I have come here with reporters and you can see there was no mosque here.
“It is most unfortunate that fickle-minded persons will claim that a mosque was demolished at this place when no mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points.”
Wike further stated that some persons embarked on an illegal foundation at the disputed land, even though they had no approval to embark on any construction work.
“They came here to erect illegal structure. There was no approval from the State Government for any structure to be erected here.
“The persons who started the foundation had already dragged the State Government to court on the disputed land. The Rivers State Government won the case. What they attempted to do was to start the illegal construction to tie the hands of the State Government “, he said.