Sim Fubara has reopened business establishments that were previously closed on the orders of former Governor Nyesom Wike, belonging to his political adversaries, according to PM News Nigeria.
These closures occurred during a period of intense pre-election political tensions.
The petrol station owned by former federal lawmaker Chinyere Igwe, which had been sealed by security personnel from the Government House due to a political dispute, is now operational once again.
Ten months after the gas station’s closure, it has been noticed that the police cars that had been stationed there had left.
Wike had accused Chinyere Igwe, his former political ally who supported Atiku Abubakar, of being involved in illegal oil bunkering.
However, Igwe vehemently denied these allegations and described Wike’s actions as a form of persecution.
Igwe suspected Wike singled him out because of their friendship with Hon. Austin Opara, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The fuel station, which is situated on Adelabu-Ojoto Street in Port Harcourt’s Mile 2 Diobu Axis, has finally been opened and is running smoothly.
Additionally, the Hon. Jones Ogbonda-owned Priscy’s Lounge in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, and Ikechi Chinda, the former PDP Chairman in that city, Ikechi Hotel on Eagle Island, have both had their seals removed.
Austin Opara is connected to all three business owners.
Wike gave the go-ahead to close the gas station and detain the owner that evening, August 18, 2022.
Due to their support for Atiku, Wike had disagreements with a number of political leaders, including Austin Opara, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, Senators Thompson Sekibo and Lee Maeba, Chief Uche Secondus, Chinyere Igwe, and Celestine Omehia.
While the Rivers Police Command and the state government have not commented on the reopening of businesses owned by Wike’s political opponents, observers of Rivers politics interpret these recent developments as Fubara’s attempt to reconcile and heal past wounds.