By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Former Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ogun State, Tajudeen Baruwa, has cried foul over the recent demolition of his filling station built for N250 million in Sango in Ado-Odo-Ota Local Government Area of the state by officials of the state Urban and Regional Planning Board, describing the action as a witch-hunt.
Baruwa, who was chairman during the administration of former governor Gbenga Daniel, accused the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, of political victimisation, claiming he was being dealt with because he refused all entreaties by certain ACN chieftains in the state to join the ruling party.
Officials of the Urban and Regional Planning, weekend, escorted by scores of armed policemen and soldiers stormed the filling station and demolished it for alleged contravention of building plan in the state.
Addressing newsmen, Baruwa, who was represented by the manager of the filling station, Taibru Nigeria Limited, Akinboyejo Peter said the company had all the necessary approvals which he said were issued by the state government officials.
Displaying copies of the papers from the Ota Zonal Office of the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Board and the Department of Petroleum Resources issued to the company for the construction of the filling station, Peter alleged that the action of the state government officials were borne out of political vendetta.
But the ACN in its reaction to the allegations said that the demolished filling station must have “obstructed public interest.”
The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sola Lawal said that more than a thousand structures, including that of the leaders of the ACN in the state, had been demolished in the course of the massive infrastructure development embarked upon by the Governor Amosun administration.
Lawal said: “Across the state, no fewer than a thousand private and public structures have to make way for development.”
“This has resulted in massive investment in infrastructure rebirth of the state, particularly road construction.