By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN- CHAIRMAN, Edo State Committee on the Demolition of Illegal Structures and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Environment, Major Lawrence Loye (rtd), Tuesday denied that his reinstatement by the governor had something to do with the forthcoming governorship election in  the state.

There have been insinuations from opposition parties in the state that the reinstatement of the retired Army officer as chairman of the committee after his earlier removal, was aimed at assisting at returning Governor Oshiomhole to office for a second term.

Answering questions from journalists in Benin Loye said: “I am not a politician, so I cannot be used. I am an educated person.”  He said his removal from office in the first instance was politically motivated.

He praised Governor Oshiomhole for his exemplary leadership qualities in the governance of the state and for appreciating those he felt were relevant to his administration.

Insisting that the demolition of illegal structures would go on in the state, Major Loye said such structures were being removed to pave way for effective erosion control in the state capital, Benin, through the moats to the rivers that traversed the city.

It would be recalled that Major Lawrence Loye (rtd) was removed from the chairmanship position of the committee after the demolition of the house belonging to Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia situated along Siluko Road, Benin.

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