By Harry Awurumibe
Imo State government has said it has no hand in the demolition of Akachi Towers in Owerri, the state capital.
The newly appointed Special Adviser to Imo State Governor, Sir Steve Osuji made this clarification amidst speculations that the new government of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha may have ordered the demolition.
In a press statement issued by the Governor’s Media Chief said the talk of it being in the know of the action is false.
The statement reads in parts:
“Contrary to reports emanating from Owerri, the Government of Imo State has no hand in the pulling down of the gargantuan Akachi Towers near Aba Road, Owerri.
“In the same vein, government seizes this opportunity to warn Imo people to desist from unruly behavior and remain law abiding as anyone caught breaking the law would be prosecuted. The security agencies have been put on alert to maintain law and order across the state.
At about noon on Thursday, a mammoth crowd had besieged the Akachi Towers hacking at it and trying to pull it down, apparently acting in pent up anger.
According to reports, Imo people seem to have nursed a loathing for the statue right from the beginning, considering it a monument that portends ominous auguries for the people of the state.
Another version suggests that the contractors who have been working rather endlessly around the statue for some time but who may have not been paid, may be responsible for the breaching of the giant statue.
It needs to be reiterated that the Imo State government under Governor Emeka Ihedioha has no hand in the attempt to pull down the Akachi Towers If government deems it necessary to pull down the statue or any structure for that matter, it would be done properly and in accordance with the law.
Does it stand to reason that a government that is barely 24 hours old, with no handover notes whatsoever and without an office to work from yet would concern itself with an ordinary statue? Let it be known that the new government in Imo State has its eyes set on nobler goals which includes fast-tracking the rebuilding of Imo State.
It is interesting to note that the Akachi statue is a massive monument of a hand pointing heavenwards and rising about 50 feet into the atmosphere. Not many in Imo quite understand the significance, if any or importance of the Akachi Towers, one of the baleful legacies of out-gone governor, Rochas Okorocha”.