By Dayo Johnson
GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko Wednesday disowned the task force on demolition of structures across Akure, the state capital.
Mimiko said while receiving members of the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, that he had ordered the arrest of members of the task force.
According to him, “the state government did not send any of its agents to demolish any structure in the inner city of Akure metropolis.
The governor who pointed out that despite the fact that government is out to rid the state of illegal structures it gave specific instructions to its agent on the areas of coverage.
Mimiko said apart from the major roads in Akure which include Arakale, Oba Adesida, Oke Aro, NEPA, Hospital road and Ondo road any other demolition was done by miscreants out to tarnish the image of government.
He said â€œif anybody demolishes any structure in any other part of the state does it illegally.”
The governor said he had directed that anybody caught going to streets apart from the areas listed be arrested and handed over to the police.
According to him, “some miscreants have started taking advantage of the on-going beautification and demolition of illegal structures in the state.
He pointed out that they are doing this in a bid to tarnish the image of government and to thwart its good intention.
Dr Mimiko said that report reaching the government indicated that some of the perpetrators operated in Oba Ile.
Justifying the beatification exercise the governor said that within the next few weeks â€œwe will be looking at Akure that we will all be proud of. We want to make Akure the best city in South West. We want people to come to Akure and invest.
â€œPeople will see Ondo state whether we like it or not through Akure. We are also going to dualise Arakale road and whatever building that we demolish there to pave way for development we will pay compensation.
Dr Mimiko appealed to the religious leaders top help sensitize the people on the on going beatification exercise and the benefit it will bring to them in the long run.
Earlier, the Bishop Emmanuel Igbokoyi appreciated the developmental works going on the state.
Bishop Igbokoyi assured the state governor that the Church would continue to pray for the success of his administration.