- Clarifications have been made on why the Kwara state government demolished Ile Arugbo which belonged to the Saraki family
- The state government said that the family has no evidence of payment for the land on which the structure stood
- The government also said that the building was demolished because it lacked right of occupancy
The Kwara state government has revealed why it demolished the famous Ile Arugbo belonging to late Olusola Saraki, the father of the former Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
The committee on the review of sales of the state's government's property said that the building lacked proof of payment or right of occupancy, PM News reports.
The chairman of the committee, Makanjuola Ajadi, revealed this on Monday, January 6, in a bid to clarify viral controversies and mixed reactions that have been triggered by the government's decision.
Ajadi claimed that based on the findings of the committee, the said land on which the demolished building was once situated, is a part of a larger area of land that housed some public structures.
He said: “The committee also noted that the land in question was also a part of a larger parcel of land, part of which has been developed into a civil service clinic and secretariat complex now housing the state ministry of finance.
“There is also no application nor receipt of payments for the land. Where, therefore, is the right to a claim to this land?”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the state government had 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.
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