Ex- Governor’s Wife Slams Ogun Government For ‘Executive Recklessness’ In Plaza Demolition

Mrs. Olufunke Daniel, the wife of former Ogun State Governor Senator Gbenga Daniel, has unleashed a scathing critique against Governor Dapo Abiodun for the demolition of her 5-storey plaza in Ijebu-Ode.


She condemns the act as “executive recklessness, lawlessness, and irresponsibility.”

The state government initiated the demolition of the 5-storey DATKEM plaza in Ijebu-Ode, sparking outrage and concern among residents and the political community. Videos and images of the building’s destruction circulated on social media.

While some suggest that political thugs were behind the act, the Project Manager & Developer, Engr. Olusegun Lawal, confirmed it as a demolition ordered by the government, citing reasons of “not enough parking space, inadequate muster point, and inadequate airspace.”

 Daniel,  who   represents Ogun East in the Senate, personally visited the site to assess the damage. 

His wife through her lawyer,  criticized the governor for ‘illegality’ and claimed “unimaginable and huge losses” due to the demolition.

In a statement signed by Mr. Adeyinka Kotoye of PAGE Law Office, the legal firm revealed that the government ignored court papers served on its agents to halt actions on the building.

 Kotoye, S.A.N of PAGE Law Office, the legal firm said the government ignored court papers “served on its agents on Thursday, September 7 asking them to stop all actions on the building.”

“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.

“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  has 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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