Kwara State Government has said the demolition of ‘Ile Arugbo‘, a building belonging to the family of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is a step to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.
The building which was said to be unlawfully acquired by Saraki’s late father, Olusola Saraki, was demolished in the early hours of Thursday to avoid confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents.
Reacting after the demolition, Kwara State Government confirmed that it “began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Communications, Murtala Olanrewaju, the State Government clarified that it did not receive any order on the matter, as at the time the building was demolished.
“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.
The State Government urged the people to remain calm and not be drawn into emotional outburst.
“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 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,” it added.