Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has vowed that he would demolish T. Laifa Hotel in Benin-city owned by Tony Adun, popularly known as Kabaka.
Obaseki stated this when he spoke at the sideline of the the Annual General Meeting of the Edo/Delta branch of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Thursday. He said the state under his leadership would not condone disrespect for the rule of law.
“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 properties that is not yours, to build on government property is the wrong thing to do. If you go and build on a road, that is not the right thing to do. If government tolerates that then more people will become lawless.
“If any law has been breached in Edo State, I have sworn to the constitution to preserve order. This is a government that is not afraid of anybody and will not be subjected to blackmail. Anybody who contravenes the law, no matter how highly placed you are in Edo State, you will be dealt with.
“It has no political undertone. If you go to Etete now, I am doing the same thing. I am fencing the sports centre. I have warned in the past that anybody who encroaches on government land or school properties will be dealt with. Go to Benin Technical College, that is evidence. As long as they continue to behave lawless, we will enforce the law” Obaseki said.
Adun, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a member of the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomhole-led faction of the party in the state had blamed the governor for taking away their revenue collection job and vowed not to support his re-election.