GOVERNOR Charles Soludo says Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere aka Odumeje will pay for the cost of demolishing his building.
A part of Odumeje’s church was demolished by the state government on Thursday for blocking drainage.
Soludo said last night in Awka that several notices were sent to all the land owners, whose buildings were marked for demolition, for them to remove their “illegal” structures.
He said, “It is costing us money. They had several notices to remove such structures, but they refused.
“The demolition started on Thursday, and so far so good. The demolition went well, except for Pastor Odumeje, who according to the report, drove in, in a brazen manner and attempted to take over the equipment.
“Of course, state work must go on, and security had to stop him. This was a man who was in the several meetings we had and also spoke.
“In fact, this is costing us money, and the structures should have been removed before now, but they choose to test the resolve of government.
“Once we are done with this exercise, we will compile the bills and send them to the persons involved, and they must pay.”
Soludo added that two Catholic churches — St Dominic Catholic Church and Our Lady Queen Catholic Church — would also be demolished.
Earlier on Friday in a Facebook post, Soludo condemned the manhandling of Odumeje by state officials during the demolition exercise.