A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State Mr. Tony Kabaka Adun whose hotel was demolished by the state government has asked an Edo State High Court to order the government to rebuild his T. Latifah Hotel and Suites.
The multi million naira edifice was demolished last Wednesday in Benin the state capital.
The hotel was demolished as part of the ongoing efforts by the state government to remove all illegal structures erected on government property.
These include public schools and waterways as well as roof eave-extensions and structures erected on the right of way of roads/streets, moats, river banks, TCN high tension lines, among others in Benin City and other major settlements in the state.
Kabaka had filed an application asking the court to order the state government to return his hotel to the state it were in a suit filed before the court.
The court was set to deliver judgment in an earlier suit filed by Kabaka stopping the demolition of his hotel.
Counsel to Kabaka, Leonard Uwagie, urged the court to hear the application before delivering judgment owing to new development.
He argued that not hearing the application would amount to breech of right to fair hearing.
Solicitor General of the state, Oluwola Iyamu, said the court cannot entertain any application when judgment is ready.
Presiding Judge, Justice D.I Okungbowa, ruled that the court would hear the application on meritorious ground.
He adjourned the case to February 26 to entertain the application before judgment would be delivered.
Speaking to newsmen, Uwagie said the judgment would mean nothing to his client if the application is not heard.
“Certain things have happened and so we are asking that the building be returned to its original state before judgment will be delivered.”
Iyamu said the government followed all legal procedures before taking the action.