The commissioner for ECTDA, Engr. Iyke Ugwegede, said the building was pulled down because the fence and security house rested on a public road and obstructed the liberty of residents.
However, owner of the property and Chairman of karastan Nigeria limited, Dr. Josef Onoh has countered the claim by ECTDA and insisted that the demolished property met all due process of documentation.
He alleged that Engr. Ugwegede was propelled by personal vendetta over their unfinished personal business to demolish his property.
Onoh brandished several documents authenticating his structure and said that what happened was that he refused to sell more plots of land located within the area to Commissioner Ugwegede and he in turn unleashed vendetta on his property.
Onoh provided Cheques of previous personal transactions between him and Ugwegede and insisted that what the Commissioner did on his
property was an act of abuse of office and blackmail on him.
He demanded for immediate sack of the Commissioner by Governor Sullivan Chime to serve as reprimand for other public officers who may want to engage in conflict of interests using their positions.
Reacting to the claims, the Commissioner said that the ECTDA was only an enforcement agency that executed the order of the state Ministry of Lands which he said initially certified Onoh’s property, but turned around to withdraw the certification.
Ugwegde said his agency gave one month notice to Onoh against the official one week notice and washed his hands off the allegations being touted by Onoh.
He said: “I am not perturbed by allegations because it is part of the job. It is not a personal vendetta but an onerous duty. I have to work to the dictates of the job. My oath as a commissioner has taken care of all these allegations. Karastan was not aware that the authority given to him by the ministry of lands was withdrawn”.
Culled from DailyPost Nigeria