A residential building belonging to one architect John Jerry Emejulu has been demolished after he allegedly led thugs to destroy some part of Enugu Airport fence.
The architect who claims that he owns a portion of the land on which the fence was built, had mobilised thugs to help bulldoze up to 2km of the Enugu airport fence on Thursday August 13, before the Nigerian Air Force and Police intervened.
It wasnt up to 24 hours when his private property, situated along Eziokwe street off Nike Lake road, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, was demolished
Chairman of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), Dr Josef Onoh who was at the site to supervise the demolition said they a obtained court order to demolish the duplex.
Onoh denied that the action was in retaliation, but claimed that the property stood on waterway and needed to give way.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who reacted to the development had said the airport fence demolition was carried out when President Muhammadu Buhari was devoting large amounts to the nation’s infrastructure including the Enugu airport, which he noted had been abandoned for decades.
Sirika said; “This is certainly unfortunate, unbecoming. Emejulu has done his best. But in doing his best, he has given the opportunity to government to show how not to wilfully destroy public assets belonging to 200 million people. It’s totally unacceptable.
“Without hesitation, Mr President provided the funding to revive the airport but a cantankerous, cranky individual decided to disrupt the process.
“There is a government in place and it is wrong time to test our resolve. Mr Emejulu had threatened to destroy more properties within the airport but was only stopped by the swift intervention of security forces.
Sirika added that he is sure Mr Emejulu would regret the action, adding that the incidence has provided the government with the opportunity to show that no one can take the law into his hands and wilfully destroy national assets.
“We will not forgive him. The Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of DSS will be directed to do the needful and bring him to book.
“For emphasis, airports are national security assets and we are determined to protect them.”
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