Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State also banned nightclubs and prostitution in the state.
Wike issued the order on Saturday during his New Year broadcast in Port Harcourt, prohibiting nightclub activities including nocturnal trading and street prostitution, notably along Abacha Road and neighbouring areas, particularly in the Casablanca area.
The measure will “stop the detrimental repercussions of these wicked practices on the moral development of children and society at large,” according to Wike.
However, it is unknown how long the prohibition will stay; the Governor has fewer than two years remaining in office, after all.
Wike further ordered state security agents to apprehend and prosecute anyone who tries to break the prohibition. He stated that a taskforce would be formed to this end.
Also, Wike threatened to disrobe and replace traditional rulers who refuse to engage in the State Traditional Rulers Council’s functions and activities in Rivers State.
The Governor stated, “Let me remind all government recognized traditional rulers that they are, at all times, subject to the authority and directives of the State Government and not to other allegiances, culture or otherwise.
“The consistent absence of some first-class traditional rulers, especially the Amayanabo of Okrika, the Amayanabo of Ogu, the Amayanabo of Kalabari and the Gbenemene Nyo-Khana from participating in State functions is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.
“Should they, therefore, continue to absent themselves from State functions or in the regular meetings and activities of the State Traditional Rulers Council, we would have no option than to direct their immediate replacement.”