Demolition: 91-yr-old Benin chief rendered homeless

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BY GABRIEL      ENOGHOLASE

BENIN — A 91 years old Benin Palace chief, Solomon Adagbonyin, has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to look into the circumstances that led to the demolition of his building situated at 300, Upper Sakponba Road in the state capital, by the Edo State office of the commission.

Chief Adagbonyin, who is the  Obo Nuneru of Benin Kingdom, made the appeal shortly after a media briefing by the Edo Coalition for Good Democracy and Good Governance on the incident.

The palace chief, who was close to tears, said that he was now a refugee in his country as he had nowhere else to lay his head following the demotion of his only building.

He said that sometime in January 2014, bulldozers from the NDDC Benin office demolish his house without any prior notice, excavating the grave of his late wife and destroying property worth millions of naira belonging to him and his tenants,  under the guise that the house was obstructing the right of way to the new Benin-Abraka Road.

He said that the house was built in 1965 after obtaining all necessary documents from the Benin Traditional Council and the defunct Mid- West Region, adding that it was renovated 11 years later to face the new Benin- Abraka Road, which the government of Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia reconstructed in 1975.

Meanwhile, the Edo Coalition for Good Democracy and Good Governance has appealed to the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa to step into the matter with a view of making the NDDC to live up to its responsibility to the citizens.

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