Owners of illegal structures and those built on Edo State Government lands, including Tony Kabaka’s hotel may have such buildings demolished sooner than expected.
The State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki hinted this during the Annual General Meeting of the Edo and Delta branch of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria. He insisted that his administration is not afraid of anybody, neither will he succumb to blackmail.
Obaseki nothing would stop him from demolishing the hotel allegedly built on government land by Kabaka.
Obaseki explained that his decision to reclaim Edo State lands and clear the streets of illegal structures had no political undertone – insisting that his administration would not tolerate lawlessness.
Accirding to him, “…it has no political undertone. If you go to Etete now, I am doing the same thing. I am fencing the sports centre. I have warned in the past that anybody who encroached on government land or school properties will be dealt with. As long as they continue to behave lawlessly, we will enforce the law.”
“Businesses cannot thrive when there is anarchy and complete disrespect for the law. For us as a government whatever we need to do to ensure that there is law and order will be done.
“If you have done the wrong thing and taken over properties that is not yours, to build on government property is the wrong thing to do.
“If you go and build on road, that is not the right thing to do. If government tolerates that then more people will become lawless.
“If any law has been breached in Edo State, I have sworn to the constitution to preserve order. This is a government that is not afraid of anybody and will not be subject to blackmail.
“Anybody who contravenes the law no matter how highly placed you are in Edo State, you will be dealt with. The Governor concluded.