Ogun State Power Play: Gov. Amosun Orders Demolition of Church Belonging to Predecessor, Gbenga Daniel

Demolished portion of former governor Gbenga Daniel's family church
Daniel greeting his former aides
By SaharaReporters, New York

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has cancelled Certificate of Occupancy Number 0033337, which belongs to the Abrahams Tabernacle Church in Sagamu set up by his predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in honour of his father. 

According to a press statement by Adegbenro Adebanjo, the Media Assistant to Mr. Daniel, a contingent of government officials and armed policemen, ostensibly acting on the orders of the Governor, last Friday invaded the church premises and demolished the gatehouse, and destroyed the security post and parts of the church’s fence.

He said that efforts by the resident Pastor, Reverend Dele Kolade to stop the demolition were ignored and that the squad carried out its assignment without showing any legal document or prior service of notice of abatement.

An official of the government only around noon today then brought the letter of cancellation, dated January 20 and personally signed by the governor, to the gatehouse of the church.

“In the exercise of my powers under section 1&26 of the Land Use Act, I hereby cancel the purported certificate of Occupancy N0 0033337 dated 14th may 2011 and registered as No 60 at page 60 in Volume 761 of the lands registry in the office at Abeokuta,” Mr. Adebanjo quoted the letter as saying.  “This letter serves as notice to you of the said cancellation.”

But addressing a press conference in Abeokuta also today, Ronke Sokefun, the Special Adviser on Lands to the Governor, sought to dispel what she called “tissues of lies, distorted facts, and fiction by the Regeneration Church of God aka Abraham's Tabernacle, whose Trustees are members of the immediate family of the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.”

She said that the two issues in question were the restoration of right of way on public roads that the church closed up as part of larger parcel of lands illegally appropriated in Oba Erinwole Avenue, Sagamu GRA; and the petitions from the owners of plots trespassed on and illegally fenced in with the church.

“As a responsive and responsible government, after all notices served and entreaties made were ignored, the government was left with no option than to remove the three gates that had been illegally erected by the church to restore right of ways on these three public roads,” she said.  “This was done on Friday, 10th February, 2012.”

Noting that the Trustees of the church have instituted a suit against the government “over the ownership of the parcel of land the church has appropriated,” she said that as a government committed to the rule of law, hers would not join the Trustees in commenting on a matter that is already before a court. 

Mrs. Sokefun recalled, however, that on September 16, 2011, Governor Amosun inaugurated a five-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Lands, with Hon Justice Abiodun Akinyemi as chairman.

Among the highlights of the findings and recommendations of the judicial panel, she said, are the following: 

•    The Commission found as an incontrovertible fact that the church known as Abraham's Tabernacle situate at Church Estate, Oba Erinwole road, GRA, Sagamu, was built by the erstwhile Governor of Ogun State  Otunba Gbenga Daniel in honour of his father, His Grace, the Most Rev Abraham Adebola Daniel;

•    Incorporation documents of the Church confirm without doubt that three of the named registered trustees of the church, to whom the ex-governor issued the Certificate of Occupancy, were his close family members namely:  Olabunmi Opawole (Wife, using her middle and maiden names), Adebola Irede Daniel (son) and Most Rev Abraham Adebola Daniel (father).

•    The Commission found as an incontrovertible fact that the said church Abraham's Tabernacle was built on a parcel of land comprised in the certificate of Occupancy No 0033337 dated the 14th day of May, 2011 registered as No 60/60/761 at the Land Registry, Abeokuta and signed personally by the erstwhile governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Mrs. Sokefun further stated that of the seven plots of land fenced in by the church, five of them belonged to owners with subsisting valid Certificates of Occupancy.  “In addition, even the statutory setback of the road in front of the church on the major Oba Erinwole II road has also been fenced in,” she said.
 
“The Commission having found that the Certificate of Occupancy No. 60/60/761 granted by the ex-governor OTUNBA GBENGA DANIEL to the Regeneration Church of God was tainted by several serious irregularities, and that the same was issued upon land in which there existed prior valid and subsisting titles, recommends that the  said allocation should be cancelled,” she continued. 

With reference to building approval, the Special Adviser noted that the church and the private estate that has been built with five structures have no building approval, and that the State's Urban and Regional Planning Board served Notice of Contravention and Stop Work order as far back as 2nd June, 2010.
 
She further stated as follows: “The Contravention Notice and Stop Work Order Notice were ignored by the church. A Demolition Notice was thereafter served on 29 July 2010.  Again in September 2010, another letter was forwarded demanding for necessary documentation and payment of penalty fee of N3.9M to regularize the building approval. Rather than respond, the letter forwarded to the contractors building the church was returned via the Governor's Office with a directive by the then Governor that the penalty fee should be waived. Despite this, the church did not proceed with the building approval process and consequently has none.”

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Is it Amosun that is not a cultist & a vampire?

All of them are the same ten & ten pence! Amosun himself is not a clean man; is it not a popular legal principle that he who visits equity, should come with clean hands? His actions are politically motivated. If OGD were to be a member of his party, he wouldn't take all those actions; the same reason why Fashola does not see anything wrong with Tinubu's 8 years misrule and show of self service. Posterity shall judge all of them.

Is it Amosun that is not a cultist & a vampire?

All of them are the same ten & ten pence! Amosun himself is not a clean man; is it not a popular legal principle that he who visits equity, should come with clean hands? His actions are politically motivated. If OGD were to be a member of his party, he wouldn't take all those actions; the same reason why Fashola does not see anything wrong with Tinubu's 8 years misrule and show of self service. Posterity shall judge all of them.

If you could say amosun acted

If you could say amosun acted on error what of the past governor that converted another men's property to his own because he had the power. Has God ever asked any body to steal from his fellow human being to praise him?.He built the church worth of millions of naira how much was his salary. We always seeing him when he come to london we never seen him carry two heads ,how does he better than the fellow human being he hijacked their property.

A house cemented with saliva....,

.... will be melted by rain dew or mist. OGD stole, plundered and misappropriated everything in sight during his locust years. It is right that those wrongs be righted ASAP. If Senator Amosun does same during his reign, let the next regime undo till the CID or is squared!

You built a Church with ill

You built a Church with ill gotten money. Hmmmmmmmm God you too much

Otile

@ Otile, I follow your comments on SR, and I know how you throw your comments with principe, I don't believe you can say this. So, because is a church we should look other side?.

Yeye Dey Smell

OOOh so Gbenga Daniel built a Church? Are you kidding? Gbenga is a first class cultist. Everyone one in Ogun State knows that. Yes, Amosun, you did the right thing. Well done. The Living God that we serve would never allow us to covet another mans property as ours! Read your Bible, 10 commandments. The 10th commandment says, you shall not covet your neighbours goods. Amosun, you are in order.Gbenga, you are lucky, he should have demolished the whole church, nonsence. You did worst to people.

sultanofsokoto, You are a fan

sultanofsokoto,
You are a fan of Sultan of Sokoto, hence you took up his name. In short, you are Sultan of Sokoto Jr. How can you advocate the illegal demolition of a place of worship? Islam is a religion of peace my foot.

This is most ungodly. How

This is most ungodly. How can a living governor order the demolition of a House of God? Is it not what Boko Haram is doing in Arewa? This is murder in the cathedral. It is worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.

SENATOR Ibikunle Amosun

His Excellecy, Republican, Oga, Alhaji, SENATOR Ibikunle Amosun, The Executive Governor of Ogun State of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria. The ball is now on your hand, please start reforming Ogun State. The Governor is arrogating to himself more titles than he deserves. How can a governor still arrogate to himself the title of SENATOR?
http://www.ogunstate.gov.ng

Gollible Nigeria 2

.. If we want a better Nigeria, we should learn to say NO to corruption no matter WHO and WHAT is involved. Ex- Gov. Gbenga know the right thing to do If he thinks Gov. Amosun Err.

Remember, most of this people ( looters) in one way or the other have some formal education abroad most of them even benefited from public programs abroad and they can not do the right things when called upon to serve. They know over there you can just deep into govt. pocket without due process, they know you can not accept gifts from Govt. Contractors without loosing your sit not to talk of betraying the public trust by converting Public property to your private use, you can not even use your official car/s for private use without due process even with due process you still gas/ fuel the car from your pocket.

Please, my people let encourage people who trully have intention to serve and protect public interest if want a better Nigeria.

Long live Nigeria

OGD is reaping what he has sown 2

The ultimate aim was to oust the incumbent Governor Chief Osoba. At the time Governor Osoba had done one term (1999-2003) and was aiming for a second. The ousting plot had the full backing of the president at the time Obasanjo, who felt it imperative he must deliver the South West states especially his home state to PDP by any means necessary. I was on ground during the elections and I can state categorically there were NO elections in Ogun State 2003, it was more of a COUP, there were so many army tanks and personnel one wouldn't have been wrong to assume it was a battle zone.
His killer squad killed, as he threatened and oppressed during his tenure, he squandered the Ogun State treasury to the abysmal point of inertia and indebtedness; he created a vacuum difficult for whoever took over to function effectively.“Pride goes before a fall” and “absolute power corrupts absolutely”

OGD is reaping what he has sown

“Mrs. Sokefun further stated that of the seven plots of land fenced in by the church, five of them belonged to owners with subsisting valid Certificates of Occupancy. “In addition, even the statutory setback of the road in front of the chu...rch on the major Oba Erinwole II road has also been fenced in,....” she said.
Following the above statement by the Special Adviser on Lands, some people’s rights were trampled upon by the previous governor in the construction of the building.
Though the current Governor has a case on behalf of the aggrieved original owners and the right of way of the state, the issue is far deeper than just the building.
Late me state, OGD was hobnobbing with AD while kicking off his political career. He aligned with Amosun who was at a time a political maverick and was advised to leave AD to join PDP even though Amosun was ANPP at the time and there was an agreement of term duration and transfer of power.

All these people should go and sit down joo..

I wonder at the level of debased arguments that go on this forum sometimes. So, what if the building is a church. So you should steal other people's land, and block the access way for many more just because you want to build a church and a mansion? What about following building approval processes? What about giving to Caesar what is Caesar's? In Lagos state the same thing happened to my house. I am in the process right now of erecting a new fence and drilling a new well because the state demolished my old fence and existing well on the grounds that it was obstructing a part of the right of way allowance. Of course they did not revoke my C of O because I obtained the land legally and also got building approvals. Unknown to me the contractor built the fence trying to appropriate more space for me on a corner lot. So, this is normal. I applaud Amosun for saying there is no sacred cow. It looks like I am beginning to like this man called Amosun.

BUNCH OF CULTISTS

Amosu, Daniel etc are all cultists, take a close look at their faces, they are never happy. Amosu is one man that is never happy with himself, never see him smile before. Nigerians should always be careful who they vote into power.

Gollible Nigerians 1

Everyday Nigerians pray to God to give them their Moses who will pilot them from Egpty, some can even go without food and liquid for 100days just to talk to God to bring that Moses.

But, they have a Gov. Who is working to set the records straight, now you see them complaining, is ex- gov. Above the law ? , we are praying to eradicate corruption and some people see nothing wrong in ex-gov. Converted public properties to his personal use and use his influence as a Governnor to reclaimed people's properties just because, he wanted to be comfortable after office/building church or what so ever for his father.

We should encourage when we see good

Re- church demolition

Amosun acted in error, being prompted by the political difference between them. Civility , fairness and the rule of law should always be our guiding principle. Where now lies the power of the judiciary?. If we must go to equity, then our hands must be clean. I do not subscribe to the subversion of justice either by OGD or Ogbeni Ibikunle Amosun .

Let us be sincere. It doesn't

Let us be sincere. It doesn't mean been a christian you should say that. Hove you visited the chuch before the demolition?. He made other people to cry because he want to build a church. If God will purnish Daniel will serve it for building on another man land. It is unfortunate. He thought he would be there for ever

Wrong move...

He who destroys the temple of god will be destroyed. No 'juju' or voodoo can by-pass the judgement of god.

I am not a Daniel fan but Amosun is going astray. You can revoke the C of O of a house but not a church of your political enemy.

I am sorry for what awaits Amosun. Is he mentally Ok? Couldn't his wife caution him for the sake of her family. I now regret ever liking Amosun. Rubbish!

So Daani Elebo also built a

So Daani Elebo also built a church. Talk about Spiritual Diversity. Smart guy. But he ll ultimately find that God cannot be mocked

Question 1: Is the church in

Question 1: Is the church in question the only church with no certificate of occupancy in Ogun State?
Question 2: Is Tai solarin University, Daniels personal property?
Question 3: The golf resort behind the state secretariat in Abeokuta, is it Daniel's property?
Question 4: Why is Amosun trying to bring Ogun State back to the level it was 20 years ago with no development?

Nothing can make me believe that these issues has no political undertone behind them.
it is well!

Amosun is treading the path of political suicide!

Ibikunle Amosun is attracting unnecessary controversies to himself and if care is not taken, his government in Ogun State may even worse than that of OGD. His movements are having elements of politics of bitterness.
(1) He decided to scrape the premier University of Education in Nigeria (TASUED) in a controversial way.
(2) He ordered demolition of a property (OGD's) b4 presenting a legal document authorising the demolitn.
(3) Bi-Courtney is accusing him of blocking the constructn/repair/maintenance of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, this led them to abandon the work and start from Ibadan end. All within a week! Let Amosun watch his steps b4 it's too late 4 him.

RE: CHURCH DEMOLITION

At this juncture, I will advice that we should not rush into reading political meaning into all these. I think more investigative jounalism should be done by saharareporters to unravel more hidden facts, and I can assure you there are a whole lot of them which cannot be divulged here. I tend to want to believe that it is not all politics.

CHURCH DEMOLITION

I think we need to put the record straight here. I am from Sagamu where the church was built and there are a lot of unanswered questions. The truth of the matter is that the land on which the church was built belong to some people who all have approved C of O which though was not officially revoked was overriden by the Ex governor who converted the said landed property for his own use.
The owners complained but nothing happened because he was in government. As addition, the land on which his house and the extention was built was the official quarters for government officials in those days. We used to call that place "Oke Oyinbo" named after the colonial masters and inherited by government officials. Like I said earlier, questions are being asked and I belief with the findings of the commission of enquiry set up by the government, i doubt if his house will not be affected too.

WHY DO U DO THAT ????

It's so unbelievable Gov. Amosun will do such a thing, he should remember four years in office will soon come. It's so stupid to have come down that low. Remember when you bend down looking at my ass, someone is looking at yours too.you should pretend not to have done that, compensate the church. People are watching you Amosun, very soon you will leave Oke Mosan .

Be very wary!

Justice! Wisdom! They all belong ultimately to HIM that created the Heavens and the earth. Man can can only beg for it to correctly apply it. Ibikunle Amosun, be wary how wise your justice is!

Be very wary!

Justice! Wisdom! They all belong ultimately to HIM that created the Heavens and the earth. Man can can only beg for it to correctly apply it. Ibikunle Amosun, be wary how wise your justice is!

Be very wary!

Justice! Wisdom! They all belong ultimately to HIM that created the Heavens and the earth. Man can can only beg for it to correctly apply it. Ibikunle Amosun, be wary how wise your justice is!

Be very wary!

Justice! Wisdom! They all belong ultimately to HIM that created the Heavens and the earth. Man can can only beg for it to correctly apply it. Ibikunle Amosun, be wary how wise your justice is!

Be very wary!

Justice! Wisdom! They all belong ultimately to HIM that created the Heavens and the earth. Man can can only beg for it to correctly apply it. Ibikunle Amosun, be wary how wise your justice is!

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