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Demolition Of Buildings: Victims Appeal For Compensation

Posted: May 12, 2015 at 12:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emma Arubi – Warri


FOLLOWING the demolition of eighty-two buildings said to have been illegally built at the Warri Royal Cemetery ground, at Ijala community, by the Delta state Government,  the victims of the demolition have appealed to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for compensation to enable them start lives afresh.

The demolition exercise carried out on June 4, 2014 had rendered thousands of persons homeless.

In a letter addressed to Governor Uduaghan dated May 6, 2015 and signed by the Olara-Aja of Ijala Ikenren community, Prince A.B. Ikenren; Mr. Mathew Wilkie, spokesman and Mr. Henry O. Erikowa, Chairman, Community Trust respectively, they said their joy of an emerging vibrant new layout at Ifie was caught short by the demolition exercise, which they said shattered the hopes and aspirations of the house owners.

They noted with regret that since the demolition the whole vast land have become a thick forest once again when the masses are hungry looking for land to build on following the congestion and high cost of rent in the town.

It is against this background the elders stated in their letter that, “we want to passionately appeal to you to temper justice with Mercy to take a second look at the whole issue and consider compensating those whose houses were demolished to enable sustainable infrastructural development of this historical enclave of Warri Kingdom.