According to National Mirror, the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun yesterday ordered the demolition of Abraham Tabernacle at Oba Erinwole Road, GRA, Sagamu, where the immediate past governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, recently buried his father, the late Most Rev. Abraham Adebola Daniel. Sagamu had, on Friday January 27, 2012 played host to eminent Nigerians, including Amosun, who came to commiserate with his predecessor during the burial of his father.
But barely two weeks after the burial, the vast compound where the late Abraham Daniel was buried played host to bulldozers allegedly belonging to the state government, and the perimeter fence of the compound was pulled down. It was alleged that the demolition of the burial site of the former governor’s father was on the orders of the incumbent governor.
Reports however say that the Abraham Tabernacle, where the former governor’s father was buried was illegally acquired by the former governor, as the area is part of the undeveloped portion of the Judges Quarters in the city. It was also alleged that the former governor deliberately buried his father there on the belief that the land would be conceded to him. A source at the governor’s office, who pled anonymity, told Saturday Mirror that during the burial of the elder Daniel, Amosun used that occasion to access the vast compound which could not have been possible but for his presence at the burial service.
|Entrance Gate To the Compound Destroyed…. Image: GistExpress|
Gbenga Daniel’s Press Statement (Obtained via Yemojanews)
Today, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State formally underscored his determination to demolish the entire Abraham’s Tabernacle Church in Sagamu. The Governor, in a letter he personally signed out rightly cancelled the certificate of Occupancy of the Church. The letter read, ‘in the exercise of my power under section 1 & 26 of the Land Use Act, I hereby cancelled the purported certificate of Occupancy No 0033337 dated 14th May 2011 and registered as No 60 at Page 60 in Volume 761 in the Lands Registry in the Office at Abeokuta. This letter serves as a notice to you of the said cancellation.’ The letter which bore the insignia of the office of the Governor of Ogun State was purportedly written by the Governor on 20th of January 2012 but was brought to the gatehouse of the church around 12 noon on February 13, 2012 by an official of the State Government.
Prior to the arrival of the letter conveying the cancellation, a contingent of Ogun State Government accompanied by fully armed mobile policemen came to the premises without any prior information or notice. They went round with a battery of camera’s taking shots and talking to the camera to justify the earlier demolition of part of the structures within the precincts of the church.
Earlier on Friday, February 10, 2012, the government had sent another contingent of officials and fully armed policemen who invaded the church premises and with the aid of Bulldozers demolished the gatehouse entirely, destroyed the security post and part of the church’s fence. Attempts by the resident Pastor, Reverend Dele Kolade to stop the demolition was ignored while the squad carried out its assignment without showing any legal document or prior service of notice of abatement.
While we are yet to determine the ultimate mission of the latest invasion of the Abraham’s Tabernacle by agents of the Ogun State Government, we sincerely hope that it is not to begin a round of blackmail and propaganda against the House of God.
Reacting to the invasion and cancellation of the Certificate of Occupancy, Reverend Kolade advised the worshippers in the Church and other members of the Christian fold to remain calm.
According to him, ‘the Lord is in charge, the earth and its fullness belongs to the Lord including the power to govern. The last action justifies our belief that there is more to what to what is happening than meets the eye. However, the Lord is in control.’
The registered trustees of the Church will take up the matter legally and will ensure that this brazen injustice does not stand.