Agbor Demolition: Abuja Police Storm Delta

The face-off between the House of Representatives member, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh and Delta State government over the demolition of his building in Agbor took another dimension, as a detachment of the Nigeria Police from Abuja stormed Asaba. The police queried the state Commissioner of Land, Survey and Urban Development, Dr. Chike Okolocha and invited him to Abuja.

With this development, it was apparent that the action of the lawmaker did not go down well with the state government, as it said the police had no right to invite the commissioner to Abuja on the matter in contention.

The state government maintained that Ojuogboh illegally acquired that land and the commissioner acted legally in removing the structure.
Briefing newsmen in Asaba after the state Executive Council Meeting (EXCO), state Commissioner for Special Duties, Abuja, Barr. Peter Nwaoboshi, said “the invitation of Dr. Okolocha to Abuja by the police was misdirected; such issues should be directed to either the SSG or the Commissioner for Justice.”

He disclosed that the state government has examined the paper involved in the issue in contention and discovered that Ojuogboh illegally occupied the land.

Nwaoboshi, who was visibly furious about the action of the lawmaker, declared that law is no respecter of any persons, noting that if Ojuogboh felt aggrieved he should have directed his protest to the right authorities and the commissioner.

He stressed that the state Ministry of Land, Survey and Urban Development acted legitimately in removing the illegal structure, since it acted according to the law to govern land acquisition.


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