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Edo State Government Demands N18m from Tony Kabaka For Demolishing His Hotel

The Edo state government has asked Mr Tony Kabaka Adun to pay it the sum of N18million as costs of logistics arising from the demolition of his hotel on February this year.Recall the Edo State Government on February 5, 2020 demolished a part of the hotel owned by Mr. Tony Adun, popularly known as Tony Kabaka at its location on on Akin Oladiyun Street, Off Ugbor Village Road, Beside Ugbor Primary School, Ugbor Village area, Benin City.Government bulldozers, tipper lorries, payloaders and Armed police officers moved to T. Latifah Hotel and Suites about noon that day to carry out the assignment.It was the sequel to the state government through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, seven-day notice issued in October 2019, to Kabaka to remove the hotel on the ground that it was built on a piece of land belonging to a public primary school.

Obaseki had said no amount of blackmail would stop the state government from demolishing the hotel because it was built on government land and that there was no political undertone in the decision to demolish the hotel since he had warned in the past that his administration would not tolerate lawlessness.According to the governor, “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 property not yours, to build on government property is the wrong thing to do. If you go and build on the road, that is not the right thing to do. If government tolerates that then more people will become lawless.“Anybody who contravenes the law, no matter how highly placed you are in Edo State, you will be dealt with.”However, Kabaka, who condemned the state government’s action said the government decided to demolish his hotel because he was opposed to Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.

He also said a court had fixed a date for judgment on the suit he filed against previous attempts by the state government to demolish his hotel.“We are still in court. I have injunctions against..

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