The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, revoked the statutory right of occupancy granted to a former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, in respect to a property on plot 103A Aiguobasimwin Crescent, old GRA, Oredo Local Government Area, because the property was not inhabited since Chief Ibori purchased it during the administration of Chief Lucky Igbinedion.

According to a top government official, who pleaded not to be named, the Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, was not revoked with bad intention or because of any political undertone or any perceived dispute with Chief Ibori.

The source added that the revocation was a mutual agreement between Chief Ibori and the Edo State Government.

It was also learnt reliably that Chief Ibori already had ceded the property to his son, who agreed to give it to the Edo State Government.

Another source who pleaded anonymity said, “The published revocation order was just to fulfil all legal procedure. Chief Ibori agreed to the deal and there was no political undertone.”

While revoking the C of O, Governor Obaseki said it was done in exercise of the power conferred on him by sections (28) 1 and 38 of the Land Use Degree of 1978 and by virtue of all other laws enabling him on that behalf.

The property contained an area of approximately 1985.950 square metres.


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