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IHRC ambassador faults demolition of Odumeje's church

 IHRC ambassador faults demolition of Odumeje's church

Security officers assaulting Odumeje

The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) housing ambassador, Dr Edward Olutoke, has expressed concern over the approach deployed by the Anambra government’s agents in demolishing a section of Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere’s (Odumeje) worship center.

Olutoke, the Director of the IHRC Housing Project in Nigeria, said this while reacting to an approach in which a section in the prophet’s church was demolished in Anambra.

In a statement signed by him on Saturday in Abuja, Olutoke said that the case which involved verbal and physical abuse, “is an infringement of a person’s rights and could lead to an indictment on the government of the day”.

He said that due to the complex and intricate nature of housing rights and tenement laws across the globe, there was a need for dialogue by all stakeholders involved in a demolition case.

“There is the need for extensive dialogue with local and international stakeholders and this should be expended before carrying out an irreparable action such as demolition of any building.

“While my office greatly frowns at citizens erecting structures without due official approvals, the government should carry bodies such as IHRC and other relevant bodies along in demolishing structures which have taken people’s sweats and lifelong savings to put up.

This is to ascertain the rationale and motives behind such demolition exercises via plans for forestalling such acts and compensations where necessary.”

He added that adhering to the advice would give credence to any government’s urban development duties in line with global best practices.

He added that his office had swung into action to unravel the veracity of the government’s claims and the owners of the affected properties to detect and publicize issues of violations of fundamental human rights and insist on compensations where necessary.

He also assured Nigerians that the commission was working assiduously at providing affordable and comfortable houses in their names, to enable the poor, low and moderate-income earners to become house owners in the country.

The Anambra government on Thursday demolished a part of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry led by Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, a.k.a Odumeje in Onitsha.

This, according to the state government, was in line with the Onitsha Urban Renewal Plan.

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