Some traders who made advance payment to Chief Osamede Adun also known as Bob Izua as rent for shops in the demolished shopping mall on Mission Road on Monday protested against the refusal of their landlord, Bob Izua to refund their money.
The protesting traders who alleged that they paid over seventy-million naira to Chief Osamede Adun appealed to relevant authorities to prevail on Chief Osamede Adun to refund their money.
The demolished complex belonging to Chief Adun said they paid between two hundred and four hundred thousand naira per shop to Chief Adun before the demolition exercise by the state government.
They said apart from the rent, they also paid hundred thousand naira and one hundred and fifty thousand naira as registration fee to secure shops in the demolished building.
The Protesting traders said various representations made to Chief Adun on how to compensate them has not yield any result as he is yet to formally address them.
It took the intervention of EDSTMA officials to clear the traffic occasioned by the protest on Mission Road before the protesters proceeded to the palace of the Oba of Benin.
The protesters who displayed receipts of various payments made to Chief Osamede Adun said they will also seek redress from the EFCC if he refuses to refund their rents for the shops in the demolished shopping mall.
When contacted for comments owner of the demolished shopping mall on Mission Road, Chief Osamede Adun debunked the allegations saying he is yet to be compensated by the Edo State Government who demolished the shopping mall.
The protesters later submitted a petition to the palace of the Oba of Benin on the issue of their rents to Chief Osamede Adun.