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Demolition: Benin residents seek compensation

BENIN—OWNERS of houses and illegal structures currently being demolished by Edo State government to pave way for the construction of a four lane carriage way on Airport road in Benin, have appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole to pay them compensation to re-settle themselves.

The demolition is being undertaken by the committee on beautification of the ancient city of Benin.

The residents, who spoke under the aegis of Landlord Association, Airport road, Benin, in a letter addressed to the governor, lamented what they called arbitrary destruction of their houses without due process and paying of compensation. They appealed to the governor to come to their rescue.

In the letter signed by Messers. M.O. Ikuvbogie, M.O.Obasuyi, L. Abu, Edigue Okudia and Engr. Onaghise and also copied the Benin Monarch, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa and Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba, the landlords appealed to the governor to come to their rescue.

They, however, commended the developmental strides of the governor, especially his efforts at beautifying the state capital, Benin.

But the landlords lamented the arbitrary manner in which their buildings were brought down without prior notice.
They also contended that almost all the affected houses dated over one hundred years and that some even preceded the advent of the Land Use Decree of 1978, adding that the Airport road was constructed after the erection of the affected houses.

The landlords said it was an error on the part of government not to have given the mandatory yardage from the road to the affected houses.

They further disclosed that after the expansion of the road in 1971 by Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia’s administration, the plots were re-surveyed by the government and beacon erected to define the boundaries between the road and the houses.


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