……says Obaseki showing total disregard for rule of law
Concerned people of Owan local government areas of Edo State, on Wednesday, strongly condemned the demolition of a property belonging to the former Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere by officials of the state government on the orders of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Addressing journalists in Benin, Comrade Ohis Ahmed said the group was seriously worried with the way and manner Governor Obaseki had been disobeying the rule of law.
He said with valid evidence available to them, Prof Ihonvbere, who is the current member of the House of Representatives for Owan Federal Constituency, had a Certificate of Occupancy and a building plan approved by the Obaseki administration.
Ahmed, therefore, described the demolition of Prof Ihonvbere’s property as a pure political vendetta that would surely boomerang against the governor in due time.
He said, “Obaseki in a revenge mission against oppositions in the state, has carried out his earlier threats to demolish properties belonging to APC chieftains in the state.
“This ugly, inhuman act, is taking place at a time when the entire state is bedeviled with unprecedented levels of insecurity kidnapping, banditry, cultism in the state, which clearly shows that the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has left governance for politics of bitterness and witch-hunting,
“The Edo State Government on Tuesday evening, carried out the demolition of Prof. Ihonvbere’s property located along Edo Osagie Street, GRA, Benin City. The plot of land duly procured with an approved C-of- O by the Edo State Government, was brought down by agents of the state government with heavily armed security personnel.
“It is shameful and sad that Godwin Obaseki has abandoned his constitutional responsibilities to chase oppositions in the state by destroying their properties. It is clear that he has no regard for the Judiciary, neglecting the fact that the case is before the court and hearings are still been carried out.”
Aside from Prof. Ihonvbere’s house, the government officials equally demolished two other houses, one belonging to the former Edo State deputy governor Pius Odubu and the second belonging to Mike Etemuagbon.