Kwara State Government Explains Why it Demolished Saraki Building Before Dawn

The Government of Kwara State said he had to demolish the popular old People's home in Ilorin belonging to the family of late Olusola Saraki before dawn on Thursday to avoid confrontation.

The demolition was said to have taken place between 3 am and 4 am on Thursday before the planned protest against it by some aged women could be staged.

The land where the building is located has been a source of conflict between the All Progressives Congress-led state government and Bukola Saraki who belongs to the opposition party.

The state government reportedly intend to use the land to build a Secretariat for civil servants in the state.

In a statement issued today, the state Commissioner for Communications, Murtala Olanrewaju, said the state government was not served any court papers on the property. He urged the people of the state to remain calm.

The statement read, “The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.

“The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.

“Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.

“Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful and be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into an emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.”

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