Kwara govt. demolishes Saraki's "political home", amidst protests

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The Kwara state government today commenced the demolition of the Saraki’s ancestral political home, Ile Arúgbó, in Ilorin.

It was gathered that the building was demolished early this morning after the security operatives dispersed protesters including aged women within the complex vicinity.

The government has strategically fix midnight for the demolition to avoid clashes with Saraki’s loyalists who had been keeping night vigil in the area to protest the pulling down of the building

Recall that the Kwara state Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has announced his decision to revoke the late Olusola Saraki’s property due to illegalities in acquiring the land.

While announcing the revocation order, the governor said that the land was originally meant for Government Secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm Asa Investments Limited without any record of payment to the state government.

Saraki, however, countered this claim insisting that the late Olusola Saraki lawfully acquired the land from the state government like other private bodies.

“The property had been rightfully allocated to my late father under the name of one of his companies, Asa Investment Limited, since the 1980s and contrary to the claim of the Governor, the land was properly allocated and a Right of Occupancy title issued on it,” Saraki said.

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