The Edo State Government on Wednesday afternoon commenced demolition of a multi -million naira hotel belonging to Tony Kabaka Adun known as Kabaka, for violating building laws as the structure sits across a road in the Ugbor-Amagba axis of Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
The government warned that all structures erected on government property, public schools, waterways as well as structures erected on the right of way would be demolished.
The State government had also in October 2019 through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, issued a seven-day notice to Tony Adun to remove his T. Latifah Hotel and Suites.
The government said the hotel was built on a property belonging to Ugbor Primary School and that no amount of blackmail would stop the demolition of the building because it was built on government property.
The deed of transfer being paraded by Mr. Adun is also not registered with the state government, according to court papers filed by Solicitor General of Edo State, Oluwole Iyamu SAN.
Bulldozers and caterpillars were mobilized to the site for the exercise while security operatives mounted guard to ensure the process was not disrupted by thugs in the area loyal to Mr. Adun.
The leader of the security team cordoned off the area and urged residents and shop owners around the area not to panic while the exercise lasted.
Kabaka, who had vowed to die if the hotel was demolished, later opted to beg Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He apologised to Governor Obaseki for the words he used in the previous video saying he was “angered.”
Tony was engaged by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole administration to collect taxes from drivers.
He and other private revenue contractors were sacked by Governor Godwin Obaseki, who insisted the state government has the ability to collect its revenue.
Reacting to the demolition, Kabaka who spoke on the phone with the thenation, said it was saddened that the state government could not wait for judgment to be delivered in the case.
Kabaka said the court had fixed Friday, February 7, 2020 for judgment in the suit.
He said he had secured injunctions stopping demolition of the hotel.
His words: “We are still in court. I have injunctions against the government. Judgment is on Friday. I have Certificate of Occupancy in my house but I don’t have C of O in the hotel.
“Let him go ahead and demolish it. 100 years is not forever.”
Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said all injunctions have been vacated at the court.
According to court papers filed by Solicitor General of Edo State, Oluwole Iyamu SAN said, the deed of transfer being paraded by Mr. Adun is also not registered with the state government.