A property belonging to the immediate past Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu, has been demolished by the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.
It was gathered that the property, which was occupied by the ex-deputy governor’s younger brother and other family members, was located on Denis Osadegbe Avenue GRA, Benin, the state capital. The building was demolished alongside those of Mr Mike Etemuagbon and Prof. Julius Ihonvbere who are believed to be allies of the former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole. Reacting, Odubu described the demolition as unfortunate, saying the matter is already in court.
He said, “I read it on the Nigeria Observer newspaper in January that the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to the property situated at Dennis Osadebe Avenue in the Government Reserve Area (GRA) in Benin has been revoked.
“The information came to me this afternoon, March 23, that my property situated at Dennis Osadebe avenue has been brought down by agents of the government on the directive of the governor. “Before now, my attention was brought to a publication in the Observer newspaper in January that the C of O of my property has been revoked without prior notice given to me. “I went to court in the matter and I am surprised that after they have been served, the government still went ahead to bring down my house with a bulldozer.”
The former deputy governor added that his younger one was in the house when it was demolished, stressing that they didn’t give notice nor allowed to remove any of their properties before pulling down the building.