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Activist chides Enugu over property demolition

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—THE recent demolition of a property worth over N100 million belonging to a renowned auto dealer, Mr. Arthur Orakpo by officials of the Enugu State Government for allegedly encroaching on the buffer zone of the Asata River Bank, has attracted angry reaction from an activist in the state, Dr John Agu.

He described the action of the government as illegal and flagrant disregard of rule of law.

Speaking with newsmen in Enugu, Agu accused Governor Sullivan Chime of pursuing a selfish agenda by ordering the demolition of the said building erected on a plot of land leased to the company by the Nigeria Railway Corporation, insisting that rather than engage in activities that would promote the general welfare and wellbeing of the poor masses of the state, “this government has continued to chase after shadow”.

The property which included a two one-storey buildings, security house and the fence, had reached advanced stage of completion before the state government rolled bulldozers to the site, located on Ogui Road, Enugu on Saturday,  November 7.

Agu who noted that the demolition exercise was done out of “malice,” as the building in question did not contravene any law relating to ownership of property in the state, added that it was also carried out in spite of a subsisting order of an Enugu State High Court.


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