BENIN CITY—EDO State government, yesterday, justified Tuesday’s demolition of the property of the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu and those of Professor Julius Ihonvbere, former Secretary to the State Government, SSG and current House of Representatives member and Mike Itemuagbor, sports promoter, saying that the property were recovered for the use of the state after their Certificates of Occupancy, C-of-O, were revoked alongside that of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
But Ihonvbere denied receiving his house in Benin City, which was demolished on Tuesday by the state government as a gift, saying that he followed due process and procedure to acquire the land.
A statement by the Secretary to State Government, SSG, Osarodion Ogie, said that the C of O of the property was revoked on December 21, 2020, because they were gifted out as parting gifts by the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, to former political office holders, companies and private individuals.
He said: “On December 21, 2020, Governor Obaseki, revoked the C-of-Os of 11 government property within the Government Reserved Area (GRA) which were allotted to former political office holders, companies and private individuals as parting gifts on the eve of the exit of former Governor Oshiomhole from office. One of the property was allocated to Governor Obaseki and was also revoked.