*** The house stood on waterway says ECTDA
Enugu State Government on Friday demolished a twin duplex belonging to one Mr. John Emejulu for allegedly blocking waterway.
The house located at Eziokwe Street, Community Estate, off Nike Lake Resort Road, Trans Ekulu was demolished by officials of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA).
The Chairman of ECTDA, Mr Josef Onoh, who supervised the demolition, said that the building stood on waterway.
The Notice of Violation served on the victim by the Department of Building Inspection, ECTDA also stated that the building violated building standard.
Meanwhile, the owner of the property, Emejulu differed from the position of the state government.
He said that the twin duplex which he built in 2012 had a duly approved plan and did not stand on waterway.
He described the demolition of the property as a duly planned reprisal by the state government due to his move to recover his landed property illegally sold by some government officials.
Emejulu said that prior to August 12, 2020, he never received any notice of intent to demolish his property on the ground that it was built on waterway.
He wondered why the government singled out the structures for demolition on the pretext that it was built on waterway while other adjoining property in the neighborhood where not touched.
“After the incidence of Aug. 12, 2020 when I had gone to Airport Layout Phase IV and V to enforce a court judgment on my plots of land forcefully taken by the government and private individuals, I received a notice from ECTDA.
“They came to my house that evening and wrote ‘remove within 24 hours’ on my fence. This morning they came with earthmoving equipment and demolished my house. I lost everything.
“They pasted a notice on my building and claimed that it was the third time they were serving me. Unfortunately for them, the date they wrote with red paint on my wall is Aug. 12, 2020”, he said.
Emejulu had gone to Airport Layout Phase IV and V to enforce a court judgment in respect of a hitherto disputed land measuring 400 plots.
In the course of the enforcement, he pulled down some pillars of perimeter fence of Akanu Ibiam International Airport which was affected by the court judgment.
Emejulu also pulled down perimeter fence of some private buildings illegally erected on the land while the doors and windows of some private houses were destroyed.
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