Officials of the Kwara State Government in the early hours of Thursday 2nd Jan demolished “Ile Arugbo” belonging to the late Kwara politician, Dr Olusola Saraki.
According to eyewitness accounts, the building (located along the Ilofa Road in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) of Ilorin) popularly called Ile Arugbo, was demolished at about 4:00 a.m.
This was done after security operatives dispersed protesters who kept vigil to prevent the demolition.
It was gathered that the government officials on Wednesday 1st Jan around 2 a.m. tried to demolish the structure but were stopped by protesters.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the state governor, last month, announced the decision to revoke the late Olusola Saraki’s property owing to alleged illegality in its acquisition.
He stated that the land was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and parking lot of the civil service clinic; but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm — Asa Investments Limited — without any record of payment to the state government.
However, the late Saraki’s son and former senate president, Bukola Saraki, countered the statement, saying his late father lawfully acquired the land from the state government.
He further accused the state governor of being against the legacies of his father. “It is done in pursuit of selfish and devious objectives,” the former senate president stated in a press statement.
The Saraki family has largely controlled Kwara politics since 1999 as the late Olusola Saraki and his son determined who became governors, lawmakers, and other positions.
However, Mr Saraki of the PDP lost the 2019 elections in Kwara as the APC won the governorship and legislative seats in the state.