Confusion as Thugs demolish Federal Estate Buildings in Akure, injure site workers
….Estate Developer alleges Deji of Akure of sponsoring Destruction
…..I have no hand in the demolition —Monarch
There was a confusion today in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State as hoodlums pounced on the Federal Government/Medaville Estate, Alagbaka area, beating the workers to a pulp, demolished buildings and destroyed other properties worth millions of Naira.
Newsmen who visited the site, gathered that the thugs invaded the ongoing Federal Government Housing Scheme on Tuesday morning, shooting guns sporadically as they harassed the workers on site, demolishing the construction works in progress.
An on-the-spot assessment to the site showed that the hoodlums, who are not the usual land-grabbers, stormed on the housing scheme for destructive motive rather than eking money from the owner of the estate.
Several buildings that were at lintel levels were pulled down, plumbing pipes were mutilated, over five Storex tanks were mauled down and sprawling in the wreckage as one of the workers was beaten to a coma by the thugs.
Speaking with the estate Developer and Managing Director/Chairman, Medaville Building & Construction Co. Ltd, Otunba Ademola Akin-Benson, alleged the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, of sponsoring thugs to carry out the attack.
Akin-Benson, who had raised the alarm over alleged threat by the monarch on several occasions, lamented that the king has been making unlawful moves to grab the land from him and halt the Federal Government project.
According to him, Oba Aladetoyinbo has been using thugs to disrupt work on site and sometimes drop charms to scare him and the workers. He bemoaned that over N50m had been lost to the perennial attacks.
He recalled that the Deji and some of his chiefs, alongside herbalists and Ogboni Fraternity members, persistently placed fetish objects on the project site and chased away all engineers and other people working on the site.
The Managing Director, however, disclosed that the spot where the Deji lays claim to as community land was a distance away and not the spot where work is going on in line with extant court judgment.
“Several time Deji has come here to beat people; two weeks ago he sent his boys to kidnap some of our workers here. We reported it to the police and appropriate authorities.
“They were here on the 18th of this month with two bikes, beating and harassing the workers; destroying many building materials as well.”
He explained that the land belongs to the Federal Government but was ceded to Medaville Building & Construction Co. Ltd to develop, pointing to portions of the estate that is enmeshed in litigation with the monarch.
The Chairman noted that the matter had been reported to police severally, adding that “we are in court. My lawyers have filed Section 49 against him which he always run away.
“He has been served but trying to dodge it; it is always like this. We will not take any law into our hands. We will continue to pursue the case to the highest level.”
Akin-Benson, who disclosed that two different litigations have been instituted to check the monarch’s excesses, said he would not allow his to continue to disrupt the Federal Government project.
“We are doing this in order to ease housing problems in Ondo State. What they did this morning was a disturbance of the peace of the community.
“I gave him all this respect but we are going to pursue this case. The Federal Government is aware of the frequent harassment and destruction (at the site).”
….IT’S UNFOUNDED ALLEGATION AGAINST ME —MONARCH
Reacting, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Michael Adeyeye denied the allegation.
“The Palace is surprised by such unfounded allegation. You know the Deji is a complete gentleman who believes strongly in dialogue and the rule of law.
He is never a violent man and neither does he believe in such. It was Otunba Benson that went to hire thugs and his refusal to pay them their fee led to crisis and destruction witnessed at the site. He is only trying to point accusing fingers rather blame himself for the woes he brought upon himself.
“Like you may be aware, there is a disputed five hectares of land which belongs to Akure, the court had asked him not to work on the disputed area but only on the approved 15 hectares. So we expect him to abide by the decision of the Court over the matter.
“So, the palace have no hand in the in-fight that ensued between the thugs he engaged on the land. Akure will never do anything that will disrupt its peace. We want development and expansion, we will not do anything to the contrary.
“The man in question should check himself and desist from this cheap blackmail. We urge him to see Akure as a peaceful land that is very accommodative,” the Deji’s spokesman said.