Edo govt makes its threat, demolishes Oshiomhole’s man’ hotel

Edo govt makes its threat, demolishes Oshiomhole’s man’ hotel

The Edo State government has made good its threat, demolishing T. Latifah Hotel and Suites, a hotel, citing alleged violation of building laws in the State. The property is owned by Tony Kabaka Adun who is an ally of Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Adun whose company collected taxes on

The Edo State government has made good its threat, demolishing T. Latifah Hotel and Suites, a hotel, citing alleged violation of building laws in the State.

FILE: LATIFA HOTEL BEING DEMOLISHED IN BENIN BY EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

The property is owned by Tony Kabaka Adun who is an ally of Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adun whose company collected taxes on behalf of the government when Oshiomhole was governor of the State, was sacked when Godwin Obaseki assumed office.

The demolition of the hotel, located at Ugbor, Benin City, occurred around noon on Wednesday.

The state’s ministry of physical planning and urban development had said the hotel was built on a property belonging to Ugbor Primary School.

Although Adun said he secured a restraining order against the government’s action, Crusoe Osagie, media aide to Obaseki said the order had since been vacated.

LARIFA HOTEL IN RUBBLES

“We are still in court. I have injunctions against the government. Judgment is on Friday,” Adun had reportedly said shortly before the hotel was destroyed.

“I have certificate of occupancy in my house but I don’t have C of O in the hotel. Let him go ahead and demolish it. 100 years is not forever.”

Last year, Obaseki had vowed to demolish the hotel, saying no amount of blackmail would stop him from demolishing any building on government’s property.

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On Monday, the governor petitioned Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, seeking the arrest of Oshiomhole whom he accused of instigating violence in the State.

AFTER THE DEMOLITION

Before writing the petition, he had threatened to “deal with Oshiomhole if he keeps disturbing us in Edo”.

The action of the State government has been greeted with mixed reactions by Nigerians on both sides of the divide.

The concern by some residents living in Ugbor area, have argued that the kind of politics being played by governor Godwin Obaseki, is too toxic for a politician who is seeking second term in Office.

ARMED POLICE OPERATIVES SUPERVISING THE DEMOLITION OF LATIFA HOTEL ON WEDNESDAY

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