- The Enugu government has taken a very punitive measure against the architect, John Jerry Emejulu, who destroyed the state's airport fence
- The state's capital territory development authority on Friday, August 14, demolished the residence of Emejulu
- Speaking on the development, the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, said that this will serve as a big lesson to those who tamper with public properties
The residence of an architect John Jerry Emejulu, who recently demolished the Enugu Airport fence has been destroyed by the state's capital territory development authority.
According to the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, Emejulu had hired thugs who accompanied him to bring down the fence on the claim that it encroached into his land.
Condemning the architect's action, Sirika said that the demolition of the fence is unfortunate and very unbecoming and that he will be taught a serious lesson on how not to tamper with public properties, Channels TV reports.
The minister went on to say that Emejulu carried out the act at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari released funds for the reconstruction on the airport, a project which he referred to as having being abandoned for a long time.
He added: “I am sure he will regret this. And this is an opportunity for the government to show that no one can take the law into his hands and wilfully destroy national assets.
“We will not forgive him. The Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of DSS will be directed to do the needful and bring him to book."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government, on Thursday, August 13, vowed to apply all lawful means to prosecute Emejulu, who was responsible for the destruction of the concrete perimeter fence, covering about 2km, being erected at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the airport.
Speaking to newsmen after inspecting the site to ascertain the level of destruction, Sirika expressed deep sadness that the perpetrator could take such an unlawful act by destroying a “national security asset”, at a time the federal government was in the course of delivering the Enugu airport, on August 30, as promised.
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Narrating what transpired, Sirika disclosed that: “While the procurement (of the Enugu airport rehabilitation) was going on, a certain cantankerous individual by name Arch. J.J. Emejulu came with bulldozers and hundreds of armed thugs and destroyed more than 2km of our fence”.
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