However, the news of the demolished edifice might have triggered the reaction of several persons, particularly Muslims in the country.
Leaders of the Muslim community in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while condemning the demolition of Rainbow Town Central Mosque said that the officials came with armed policemen, pulled down the fence and the foundation of the mosque which had gone up to DPC level, citing non-compliance with the state urban development laws.
He said: “We bought the land about four plots from one Chief Amadi in 2008 and approval was given for the building in 2009. In 2010, we started putting up pillars and fencing of the land; while the foundation of the mosque was laid in 2010. The first demolition was carried out by (former Governor) Amaechi on the 5th of February, 2010 and this resulted in litigation between Chief Amadi and Rivers State Government.
“On November 2, 2017, a judgment was delivered in favour of Chief Amadi. Rivers State did not appeal the judgment and we started another round of construction of the building in 2018.”
Speaking further the Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Haroon Muhammed, said:
“This is the most populated mosque. Muslims all over the world can see what has happened to a mosque that is duly approved by the state government. We have been harassed three times now – once on the 29th of last month, then on August 16 and 20 without any formal notice.”
Naija News recalls that the governor of the state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had been criticized in recent past after he openly declared that the state is a Christian state.
However, other reports claim no demolition was carried out by the state government. An official position is still been awaited as at the time of filing this report.