- More controversies have still continued to trail Ile Arugbo in Kwara state
- The Saraki dynasty has dragged the Kwara government to court over the property
- In a suit, the applicants are asking the appeal court in Kwara to order a stay of execution
Asa Investments Limited, a company owned by the late father of former Senate president Bukola Saraki, Olusola Saraki, has dragged the Kwara state government to court as row continues over Ile Arugbo.
In a suit filed before the court, the applicants want the court of appeal in Ilorin to order a stay of execution against the ruling of the high court of Kwara state.
The applicants, in a motion dated Friday, September 4, want the judgment of August 6, 2020, delivered by Justice Abiodun Adebara giving the Kwara government the power to destroy Ile Arugbo to be put on hold.
They prayed that the court stops the Kwara government from taking steps on the property pending the motion filed before the appeal court.
In the motion filed by their legal representatives led by Akin Onigbinde (SAN), the applicants averred that “it is in the interest of justice to preserve the subject matter of the suit (Ile Arugbo)."
"They also sought order of the appellate court restraining the respondents- Governor of Kwara State, state House of Assembly, Attorney General of the state, Director-General of the state Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police (IG)-by themselves or through their servants, agents, privies or otherwise howsoever described, from taking any step or further step in recognition or in pursuance of the ruling of the state High Court delivered by Justice Adebara on August 6, in suit number: KWS/463/2019 pending the hearing and determination of the appeal lodged by the applicants against the said ruling,” part of the motion read.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported the demolition of 'Ile Arugbo', the legacy building of the Saraki political dynasty in Ilorin, was strongly condemned by Gbemisola Saraki, the minister of state for transportation.
Gbemisola who is also a strong member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rose above political affiliation to express her displeasure over the demolition which was ordered by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
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