- The houses of some top personalities in Benin, the Edo state capital have been demolished
- One of such persons is a former deputy governor of Edo, Pius Odubu
- Others affected are APC chieftains in the state, Mike Etemuagbon and Prof. Julius Ihonvbere
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The houses of a former deputy governor of Edo, Pius Odubu, and two All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, Mike Etemuagbon and Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, have been demolished.
Odubu told journalists that the building, occupied by his younger brother and members of his family, was brought down without his notice, The Nation reports.
The former deputy governor revealed that he only learnt on Tuesday, March 23, that his property located at Dennis Osadebe Avenue in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin City has been demolished on the orders of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“The information came to me this (yesterday) afternoon that my property has been brought down by agents of Edo State Government, on the directive of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“My younger brother and members of his family were in the house when it was brought down and they did not give them notice or allow them to remove any of their property, before destroying the house.”
According to Nigerian Tribune, the former deputy governor's wife, some policemen supervised the demolition without giving her and occupants of the residence any chance to bring out their belongings.
Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state had ordered the demolition of a house where over 1,000 rifles were discovered.
The building was located in a densely populated area in Bauchi metropolis after security agencies received information from some good Samaritans.
The governor was represented by Dr. Ladan Salihu, his chief of staff, at the demolition exercise on Wednesday, February 17.
Salihu revealed that in one of the rooms in the house, military and immigration uniforms were discovered, adding that the police had commenced an investigation into the matter.
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