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Kwara state government demolishes Saraki’s home

The Kwara state government on Thursday demolished the political home of the Sarakis, ‘Ile Arúgbó, in Ilorin.

The home, built by late Olusola Saraki, a former political leader in the state, was demolished by Kwara state security operatives after a drawn out battle between former Senate President Bukola Sàràkí and Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over rights to the land.

Governor AbdulRazaq had announced his decision to revoke the Saraki’s right to the land, alleging it was illegally acquired. According to him, the land was originally set aside for the construction of a secretariat and a parking lot for the civil service clinic.

He said it was unlawfully allocated to a private firm owned by the the late Olusola Saraki—Asa Investments Limited—without any record of payment to the state government.

However, his claim has been countered by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who said his late father lawfully acquired the land from the state government.

“The property had been rightfully allocated to my late father under the name of one of his companies, Asa Investment Limited, since the 1980s and contrary to the claim of the Governor, the land was properly allocated and a Right of Occupancy title issued on it,” Saraki said.

Reactions

Reactions and comments have followed this move which many view as political more than a desire to correct a perceived wrong. As in all cases, there were those for and those against the demolition. Here are a few from Twitter:

Saraki boys are angry o..pls if you are in Ilorin and you drive a government official car do not pass through ile loke..the sympathisers are attacking government vehicles.

 

It will now be used to build Civil Service Secretariat Complex.#kwaralist #KwaraPropertyScam

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