DATKEM demolition: Nobody is above the law – Abiodun
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has refuted claims of political motivation behind the partial demolition of a five-storey building in the state.
The property – DATKEM, is believed to belong to Olufunke Daniel, the wife of former Ogun state governor, Gbenga Daniel.
Abiodun said this on Monday during an inspection of the reconstruction of the 8km Mowe/Ofada Road in the Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing the issue, Abiodun asserted that the demolition was necessary due to violations of the law. He emphasised the importance of adhering to state laws, regardless of social status.
“The law is not a respecter of VVIPs or VIPs. Nobody is above the law. The law took its cause.”
“The owners of DATKEM in their minds must have felt they were above the law because they were actually recalcitrant. It smirks of impunity if the Ministry of Physical Planning sends you a contravention order, sends you a sealing order, and you continue with the construction in violation of the safety of all of us in Ogun state.“They sent you a demolition order, but you still did not respond. You begin to sneak into the building at night. You begin to work there. You begin to attempt to grease the palms so that they can overlook your contraventions. But, of course, the day of reckoning would always come.”
He commended the officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning for their unwavering stance despite significant pressure.