Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday said that no amount of blackmail would stop him from demolishing the hotel owned by an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in the state, Mr. Tony Kabaka.
He said that it was built on government property.
Obaseki said there was no political undertone in the decision since he had warned in the past that his administration would not tolerate lawlessness.
The governor, who spoke at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Edo/Delta Branch of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Benin City, said his administration was not afraid of anybody no matter how highly-placed in the society.
He said: “Businesses cannot thrive when there is anarchy and complete disrespect for the law. For us as a government, whatever we need to do to ensure that there is law and order will be done.
“If you have done the wrong thing and taken over property that is not yours, to build on government property is the wrong thing to do. If you go and build on road, that is not the right thing to do. If government tolerates that, then more people will become lawless.
“If any law has been breached in Edo State, I have sworn to the constitution to preserve order. This is a government that is not afraid of anybody and will not be subject to blackmail.
Anybody who contravenes the law no matter how highly-placed you are in Edo State, you will be dealt with.
“It has no political undertone. If you go to Etete area now, I am doing the same thing. I am fencing the sports centre. I have warned in the past that anybody who encroaches on government land or school property will be dealt with. Go to Benin Technical College, that is an evidence. As long as they continue to behave lawlessly, we will enforce the law.”