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- Published: 02 January 2020
The Kwara State Government has given reasons on why it decided on pulling down the controversial Ile Arugbo, the late Dr. Olusola Saraki’s political meeting point at dawn.
Government explained that the timing was to forestall confrontation and lawlessness that was brewing on government’s decision on the structure.
There had been apparent disquiet in the state capital since early December when government announced its decision to reclaim a portion of government property allegedly acquired by the senior Saraki through the backhand.
The state’s action generated furore between the scion of the family, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq with accusations of impropriety in acquisition by government and counter claims by the former state governor and immediate past Senate President, who insisted that government has been mischievous in its actions, holding that Governor Abdulrasaq is out on a vengeance against his family.
Amid protest by supporters, comprising of aged women, party faithful and loyalists, government had drafted a contingent of policemen to the structure once used as a venue for political meetings when the Saraki family had a vice grip over Kwara Government.
The building was eventually demolished, according to sources around 4.am on Thursday.
A statement from the office of the Chief Press Secretary, in explaining government’s position said:
“The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin that while and of early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.
“The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.
”Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.
"Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, an be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law"