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Enugu Govt Demolishes Residence Of Coal City University Chancellor Over Water Way

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The Enugu Capital Territory Development Agency ( ECTDA) has demolished residence of the Chancellor of Coal City University (CCU) Mr. Chinedu Ani, over blockage of waterways

The building located at Government Reserved Area (GRA), Enugu is said to  be  blocking natural water outlet linking Onoh Quarters in Ekulu GRA to Oshimili up to Enugu-Onitsha Expressway

Speaking to newsmen, the Executive Chairman ECTDA, Dr Josef Onoh said the agency got legal approval for the demolition.

According to him, Ani was given an approval to build on 5858.013 sq.m in 2016 but he went beyond the approval given to him.

He said that the estate management petitioned the agency in 2019 but the matter did not proceed further due to some reasons.

“So when I assumed office, they petitioned again that the development by Ani constitute a nuisance by encroaching the waterways and access road leading to Trans-Ekulu.

“We wrote  him severally  but he never responded and this blockage is causing serious traffic at Trans-Ekulu,” Onoh said.

The chairman said  that he  converted the Ekulu River to fountain and swimming pool which was not part of the original plan.

“We obtained a court order empowering us  to  demolish  his illegal structures but he refused to comply rather he bragged that  he is untouchable,” he said.

Onoh added that he carried his action according to the master plan of Enugu state, saying that he had no sentiment when  discharging  his duty.

“I have no regret because it was done according to the law establishing ECTDA and we are serving Enugu people.”

Reacting, Ani said that the order to demolish had been vacated by magistrate court.

He recalled that Josef  Onoh, who is now the chairman of ECTDA and brother, sold the land to him after assuring him that the road in contention was created by their father who later dismantled it.

Ani also said the portion in contention was sold by their father to one Mr. Walter Anieke who later sold it to him.

“It was after Josef heard how much I bought the portion from Walter that he demanded some money from me. This is where the problem started.

“If they say I am encroaching, this  place belong to  a  private person and not government and I bought it fenced.

“I don’t know what is happening because they have gone to destroy my compound leaving the portion in contention,” Ani said.

He added that the survey plan covered the area.

“I was shocked and surprised when I saw people this morning destroying my house but I leave everything to God,” Ani said. (NAN)

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