- The Kwara state government accuses the Saraki family of illegally acquiring a land originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and a parking lot of the civil service clinic
- Ibrahim Salman, the Kwara state director-general of the bureau of lands notes that the disputed land was suspiciously allocated to one Asa Investment for commercial purpose
- Salman explains that there is no record showing that the allocation to Asa Investment was based on a formal application
The Kwara state government has justified its decision to revoke plots of land in Ilorin belonging to the late Saraki family on the grounds that the land was illegally acquired.
The state government in a statement on Wednesday, January 1, through Ibrahim Salman, director-general of the bureau of lands, stated that the and in question was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and the parking lot of the civil service clinic before it was illegally acquired by the Saraki family, The Cable reports.
“The entire land was acquired in the 1970s for Overriding Public Interest and same was initially designed to host the phase II of the State Secretariat. The construction of the said State Secretariat Phase II was actually commenced and it was at superstructure level before same was abandoned,” he said.
“The entire land was later redesigned in the 1980s for the construction of a Civil Service Clinic, State Secretariat, and a parking lot for both the Clinic and the State Secretariat.
Salman noted that in 1982, a clinic was subsequently constructed on parts of the land while the remaining plots of land were conceived for the expansion of the clinic into a full-fledged hospital.
He said the plan to expand the clinic into a hospital was hindered when part of the land slated for the parking lot was suspiciously allocated to one Asa Investment for commercial purposes.
The Kwara state director-general of the bureau of lands explained that available records showed that the allocation to Asa Investment was not based on a formal application, nor application forms filled.
He stated that there was also no evidence of payment for the said allocation as stipulated in the letter of allocation.
He noted that the lack of evidence of payment for the said allocation thus meant that no right of occupancy was ever issued to the company.
“Furthermore, in flagrant abuse of the allocation terms, the company took possession of the land and constructed what is today known as “Ile Arugbo” on part of the land that was designed as parking lot and later conceived to host the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic into a full-fledged Hospital," the director-general said.
He said following a resolution of the Kwara state house of assembly mandating the government to revoke the allocation, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, governor of the state signed an instrument to reclaim the land on the grounds that it was unlawfully allocated.
Meanwhile, a former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has responded to how the Kwara state government revoked Ile-Arugbo, his father’s, Olusola Saraki’s property, for years.
Daily Trust reports that governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has really crossed the line with his recent effort to obliterate his late father’s late legacies in the state.
In a statement issued by the former Senate president in Lagos on Saturday, December 28, he said the latest development showed Abdulrazaq as a person who does not respect history and only out to get the Sarikis down instead of fighting the interest of the state.
Saraki said that the property is legally his father’s and was allocated to one of his companies, Asa Investment Limited, since the 1980s.
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