June 12, 2009

Task force demolishes governor’s property in Asaba

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—THE ongoing demolition of unauthorized buildings on Government Reserved Area (GRA) got tougher yesterday as the Task Force pulled down the fence surrounding a 10-hectare parcel of land said to belong to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

This brings to about 30 hectares of land so far recovered from illegal occupiers.
Addressing reporters at the scene yesterday, the leader of the Task Force, Mr. Raymos Guanah, who is also the state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, said there was no going back no matter whose ox is gored.

Guanah, however, explained that the governor has denied ownership of the demolished property, saying “there had been promptings that this land belongs to E.E. (which incidentally bears semblance to governor’s initials Emmanuel Eweta), but I called the governor and he denied having such property.

“We have pulled it down and I must tell you that with all the structures we have destroyed, the possibility of anyone coming back is ruled out except such a person wants to dare government”.

Several buildings, either completed or under construction, have been pulled down by ravaging bulldozers under tight security mounted by a combined team of army, mobile police men and men of the State Security Service (SSS).