Saturday, 25 February 2017

Black Soot: Wike Orders the Arrest of 15 mechanics

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday ordered the arrest if 15 mechanics involved in the illegal burning of used tyres and condemned engine oil.

According to a statement released by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, "Governor Wike ran into the mass illegal burning of tyres and condemned engine oil on Aba Road around the Oyigbo axis".

He was returning from Oyigbo where he attended the funeral service of Late Sir Precious Oforji and became attracted by the inferno which emitted a thick smoke into the atmosphere.

He said "Wike directed his motorcade to stop before he went into the large workshop where the mechanics had used an open field to burn the tyres and condemned engine oil".

The governor also asked the State Fire Service to put out the fire and called for immediate steps to be taken to ensure that the fire did not spread to neighbouring houses in the area.

On the arrest of the mechanics polluting the environment, Wike said that the State Government will liaise with relevant security agencies to ensure they are prosecuted.

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