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Executive recklessness: Gbenga Daniel’s wife slams Ogun govt for demolishing DATKEM plaza

The wife of former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Olufunke Daniel, has decried the demolition and vandalization of her plaza in Ijebu-Ode, DATKEM, by the Ogun state government.

In a statement released by her lawyer, Adeyinka Kotoye, SAN, of Page Law office, on Sunday, September 10, Olufunke described the action as “executive recklessness, lawlessness, and irresponsibility.”

The former first lady slammed the state government for what she called ‘illegality, “unimaginable and huge losses” inflicted on her through the demolition.

According to her, the government ignored court papers “served on its agents on Thursday, September 7, asking them to stop all actions on the building.”

She claimed further: “I want to believe that the Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, was not informed of this illegality. But if he was informed and still decided to use the instruments of the State against our clients, it is nothing but executive recklessness. But, we will continue to fight for justice and ensure that our clients are.

“This matter began when the Ogun State Planning and Development Authority scaled the building on August 1 without any prior notice. Interestingly, a quit notice was only served on August 31 by the same Planning and Development Authority asking the owner to vacate the premises within three days.

“Meanwhile, Datkem applied for unsealing and regularization of the building on August 2 and paid the mandatory fee of N500,000 to the Ogun state government. We have evidence of this payment.

“Meanwhile, Datkem applied for unsealing and regularization of the building on August 2 and paid the mandatory fee of N500,000 to the Ogun state government. We have evidence of this payment.

“However, we were shocked and astonished that the Ogun state government ignored the ongoing legal process and went ahead to demolish the complex in the early hours of Sunday. We want to believe the State Attorney General’s advice was ignored on this matter.

“Our clients, as law-abiding citizens of Ogun State, will continue to seek redress in the courts. Even when our clients have suffered unimaginable and huge losses as a result of this illegal demolition, we will not relent in pursuing justice in the courts.”
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