Delta: Demolition at Osadebay varsity land not witch-hunting – Taskforce 

The Delta state government Wednesday said the demolition of illegal structures on land belonging to Dennis Osadebay University, Anwai-Asaba, was not targeted at any individual or persons but to recover land belonging to the university.

Chairman, Taskforce on Recovery of Government Lands, Mr. Frank Omare, stated this at a press briefing in Asaba, the state capital.

Mr. Omare who was flanked by members of the committee and said the briefing became necessary following widespread condemnation on the demolition of buildings at “Musa camp” within the precincts of the university land.

The taskforce chairman said Governor Sheriff Oborevwori constituted the taskforce to recover all government lands across the state, adding that land grabbers were making a fortune from fleecing unsuspecting members of the public with illegal land sales.

“I thank you all as Nigerians to have been interested in what is going on in Delta state. Few months ago, our governor put this team together, headed by my very self to look into all government lands in Delta state and to recover them  for the government.

“So we kick- started it by first calling a town hall meeting of critical stakeholders, especially the Dennis Osadebay University land.

“We educated them and appealed to them that the land belonged to the university and therefore, if anyone has a C of O, or a document that qualifies them to build houses there, let us know.

“The meeting was more than two months ago. We took action two days ago because we needed to effect the recovery and as we speak, we have recovered almost all the land in that area for the university.
“The blackmail coming from left, right and center, Nigerians should know that our governor is not oppressing anybody.

“We found out that a lot of acclaimed community leaders and youth started inviting innocent people to the said land and they started selling lands to them.

“We educated these people, informed them and gave them notices. But they kept on promoting satanic information to Nigerians.

“We were told that the Delta state government does not have a gazette for that land. The government got a gazette as far back as 1996 which was endorsed by the then Military Administrator, Group Capt. Ibrahim Kefas.