Economy

Ondo Govt Refutes Claims by Owners of Demolished Shops

Ondo State government says it has not violated any law by the demolition exercise on some parts of Alagbaka, Akure.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Alhaji Rasheed Badnus stated this while reacting on the exercise carried out overnight in the affected areas.

The commissioner noted that the ministry acted on tip off that the area harboured criminals who hid and perpetrated dastard acts in the state capital.

Alhaji Badmus explained that the shop owners had been served quit notice but refused to comply, noting that the government would not condone any act of lawlessness capable of putting the state in jeopardy.

He maintained that the exercise would also be replicated in areas suspected to be prone to danger.

Several shops along a hotel in Alagbaka, Akure had been demolished by officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

Shop owners arrived their business premises to meet their structures already demolished overnight.

Boutiques, barbershop, relaxation center and car-wash along the line were demolished by the government officials.

 A shop owner, Mr Olawale Ebimotigha claimed his shop was looted in the process.

Mr Ebimotigha, lamented over the incident, noting that he embarked on the project to cater for his family and called for government’s intervention.

Another shop owner, Mr Akin Oriku, presented a copy of quit notice dated 12th September, 2019 from the ministry, pointing out that they had complied by what was contained in the notice to renovate their premises.

Some of the business premises owners, who preferred anonymity, had called on government to come to their aid on the damages done over their goods.

Olumide Abudu

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