By Ese Awhotu with agency report
The Kwara State Government yesterday gave reasons why Bukola Saraki’s family property popularly known as Ile Arugbo (old people’s home) was demolished.
The state Commissioner for Communications, Murtala Olanrewaju in a statement on Thursday, said
the demolition is the physical reclamation of the plot of land which is originally designated for the construction of the civil service clinic in Ilorin.
He also said that, the demolition was carried out early morning to avoid needless confrontation.
“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 an 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,” the statement read in part.
The Saraki family house before the demolition was used as a venue for political meetings when the Saraki family held sway over Kwara Government.
However, policemen, numbering about 50 were said to have gone to enforce the action at about 3:00 am but were initially resisted by some the old women.
The security agents later returned at 4:00 am when the structure was eventually pulled down.