After approving building permit, Bayelsa govt gives Baraza 14-day ultimatum to demolish headquarters

Yenagoa—The travails of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society and its Chief Executive Officer, Arc. Miebi Bribena seems to be far from over.

Recall that some weeks ago, the cooperative’s headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was sealed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), based on petitions submitted to the anti-graft agency.

Surprisingly, a notice trending on social media has revealed that the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board (BSPPDB) has given Baraza a 14-day ultimatum to demolish the structure housing its corporate headquarters.

The reason for the planned demolition, according to the notice, is because the structure is allegedly mounted within the road right of way.

Dated 21st October 2021, the notice states that “failure to comply with this notice may result to your development/structure/property been removed and demolished by the Board upon which the cost shall be recovered from you in line with section 70 of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Law, 2015.”

When contacted, the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Alabo Gideon Ekeuwei, verified the authenticity of the notice, stating that “it’s genuine and it’s from BSPPDB.”

But contrary to the notice, documents obtained by, indicate that the BSPPDB on 15th May 2020, issued an Implementation/Construction Permit to Bliss Multinational Perfections Company Limited, whose property Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society is currently situated.

The document was conspicuously signed by one Arc. Raymond D, chairman of implementation/stage supervision and certification committee of the board.

Another document, a development plan approval, was also issued to Bliss Multinational Perfections Company Limited on 13 July 2020 and signed by the executive chairman of the board.

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