Saraki: Kwara government begins demolition of 'Ile Arugbo'

Saraki: Kwara government begins demolition of 'Ile Arugbo'

Days after 'Ile Arugbo', a property belonging to Olusola, the late father of former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was taken over, the Kwara state government on Thursday, January 2, began demolition of the structures in the place.

The home located in Ilorin, capital of Kwara, was taken over by the government with security personnel deployed to the property moments before the demolition.

The Cable reports that the demolition occurred early Thursday, January 2.

Saraki’s property: Kwara government begins demolition of Ile Arugbo

Saraki's Ile Arugbo demolished Credit: BBC
Source: UGC

Just before the action, security operatives were said to have dispersed protesters who stood against its take-over.

Saraki’s property: Kwara government begins demolition of Ile Arugbo

The Ile Arugbo demolished in Ilorin Credit:
Source: UGC

It was learnt that the government decided to carry out the demolition before daybreak because of the mass opposition from loyalists of the Saraki family, who were said to have kept vigil at the property.

The Kwara state government had announced it was taking over the property being used by the family of Saraki in Ilorin, according to a report by

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This was disclosed in a press release by the chief press secretary to Kwara governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye on Friday, December 27, According to him, a new secretariat would be built on the land.

In reaction on Saturday, December 28, Saraki said the development showed Governor AbdulRahman 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.

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In the heat of the take-over, the minister of state for transport, Gbemi Saraki, had teamed up with her brother the former Senate president to protect their father's legacy.

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) had demanded that the property be immediately returned to the family of Saraki because the action has a negative consequence on the brotherhood that exists in the north.

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