Abeokuta - The Ogun State Government has demolished a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, located within the highbrow Obasanjo Hilltop along the Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, the state capital, Punch reports.
the church building which was still under construction was pulled down by men of the state Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning in the state.
The construction of the church was said to have started in 2013, and work had reached the roofing level before the imposing building was pulled down.
Construction workers and church members on the site when the demolition squad came were taken aback.
Eyewitnesses said all they did was to watch in utter disbelief, with some of them fighting back tears.
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It was learnt that emotions did not move the officials who had insisted that the building must be pulled down, arguing that the structure contravened the estate design plan, which was reportedly residential.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun had no hand in the demolition, adding it was a routine work of the agency of government in charge of urban development and physical planning.
He argued that the church had been served notices on many occasions on the inappropriateness of the building in a residential area.
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