Traders and some residents around NNPC Depot, Agbor Road, Benin City have cried out over the demolition of their shops by officials of the State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities.
Efosa Uwangue reports that the victims are however calling on the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to come to their rescue.
Signs of the demolished shops were visible and the remains scathered around the vicinity while some of the shop owners salvaged what were left after the demolition exercise.
Some of the victims were observed wearing long faces a situation that signifies the extent the demolition exercise by the officials of the ministry of environment and public utilities affected them.
Some of the traders while narrating their ordeal said the demolition exercise came as a surprise because nobody told them of any offence committed by building their shops in the area.
They narrated that to worsen the situation the shop is their only source of livelihood and don’t understand why the Ministry of Environment officials will live Agbor park area and descend on them at NNPC depot area without any reason.
The traders however called on the state governor to call the officials to order as they have never done anything to run from the law.
An attempt to get through to the permanent secretary ministry of environment and public utilities Major Lawrence Loye who was fingered in the demolition proved abortive as several calls put across to his phone were left unanswered.
However a close source to the ministry said the demolition was done in good faith as the shops were makeshift, ones which do not fit into beautification of the state government.