www.odogwublog.com reports that tears and anguish have enveloped business operators at a wood processing factory, Njoku and Sons Wood Industry limited, located on the busy Aba road in Owerri, as the Imo government this afternoon demolished the company despite a court order.

Heavy duty equipments had arrived the factory before 7am when business activities resume, and brought the place down to rubbles.

The Managing Director of the company, Allwell Njoku, told The Authority Daily that no formal notice was served on them by the state government before the demolition.

According to him, there is a court order against any demolition adding that yet the State Government disobeyed and went ahead to demolish the factory.

Njoku said "it is very unfortunate that government  officials today moved in to destroy our factory .this is a company that was established in 1956 that has 400 to 500 direct and indirect employees. We have the certificate of occupancy and every other document required by law ,yet the state government insisted that it wants to take over the land".

According to him, over N70million worth of goods were destroyed during the demolition because there was no prior notice. " I can tell you that from this destruction, the company has lost over 70m because we were not informed about the destruction. No company equipment and product was removed. We were struggling to remove the few we could as the demolition went on", he lamented.

Meanwhile, an official of the State Ministry of Works who pleaded anonymity insisted that there was no injunction stopping the planned demolition by the Government.

According to him, the firm was wrongly sited against the Owerri master plan, adding that the government had issued two notices to the company about relocation but which was ignored.