Mr Tony Kabaka Adun, former aide to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress is facing a double jeopardy over the N18 million cost of logistics awarded against him by Edo State Government as cost of logistics used to for demolish T. Latifah Hotel.
The property belonging to kabaka Adun, popularly known as Tony Kabaka at its location on Akin Oladiyun Street, Off Ugbor Village Road, Beside Ugbor Primary School, Ugbor Village area, Benin City, which seems to have broken new legal ground, was demolished in February 5, 2020 by the Government.
Government bulldozers, tipper lorries, payloaders and Armed police officers moved to T. Latifah Hotel and Suites about noon that day to carry out the assignment, amid speculation that the excerse was politically motivated.
The move was sequel to the State Government order through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, seven-day notice issued in October 2019, to Kabaka to remove the hotel on the ground that it was built on a piece of land belonging to a public primary school.
Obaseki had said no amount of blackmail would stop the state government from demolishing the hotel because it was built on government land and that there was no political undertone in the decision to demolish the hotel since he had warned in the past that his administration would not tolerate lawlessness.
According to the Governor, “Businesses cannot thrive when there is anarchy and complete disrespect for the law. For us as a government whatever we need to do to ensure that there is law and order will be done.
“If you have done the wrong thing and taken over property not yours, to build on government property is the wrong thing to do. If you go and build on the road, that is not the right thing to do. If government tolerates that then more people will become lawless.
“Anybody who contravenes the law, no matter how highly placed you are in Edo State, you will be dealt with.”
But, Kabaka, who condemned the State government’s action said the government decision to demolish his hotel because he was opposed to Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.
He also said a court had fixed a date for judgment on the suit he filed against the previous attempts by the state government to demolish his hotel.
“We are still in court. I have injunctions against the government. Judgment is on Friday. I have the Certificate of Occupancy of my house but I don’t have C of O of the hotel. Let him (Obaseki) go ahead and demolish it. 100 years is not forever.”
Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, had said the demolition of illegal structures in the state became imperative as defaulters and violators had failed to heed several notices issued to them.
He said, “The Edo State Government has commenced the demolition of illegal structures across the state to bring sanity to urban areas and restore government property to their original uses. The flagrant disregard of building codes and respect for extant laws guarding property development needed to be checked, hence the exercise”.
In a letter dated 6-05-20 from the State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, signed by Mrs Pamela Osarenogwo, and sent to Mr Tony Kabaka Adun, the government says the N18milion is the cost of the demolition and evacuation of the debris arising therefrom.
Rationalizing the N18 million the Government said it is in line with Section 63 of the Nigerian Urban and Region Planning act 88 of 1992 and asked Mr Adun to pay the amount into the government’s IGR account #000663034 with the Access Bank PLC.