Officials of Edo State government yesterday demolished a new
shopping mall belonging to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benin, the state capital.
The multi-million naira complex housing 218 shops located on Missions Road within Kings Square, the heart of the ancient capital town, belongs to one of the first class chiefs of Benin Kingdom and APC leader, Chief John Osamede Adun, the Ayobahan of Benin Kingdom.
It was learnt that the building, which the owner put at over N800 million, did not only violate the master plan for Benin City, but the owner also encroached on the walkway.
Traders were taken aback by the demolition as most of them were said to have paid in advance for the new shops. Most of them were crying for refund of their money. Also, one of the sons of the APC chieftain was said to have been arrested by policemen as he rushed to the scene to prevent the team deployed for the demolition exercise from carrying out the action.
In his reaction, Adun denied building the property on government land as he bought it through due process and that all the relevant documents of purchase, deeds of transfer, survey plans and approvals were followed as required.
Adun said he was not out to fight government or seek any compensation but government should take steps to resolve the impasse. He said: “I got that place from five persons with Mandilas, I don’t have quarrel with the state governor, we are in the same party.
He has right to do what people report to him, he is my friend, he is a brother; he is the governor of the state. I am a member of the party, a leader. I know if you are wrong, first tell that person you are wrong.”
Source – another source