The committee on the review of sales of Kwara state government properties from 1999 to date has said there is no record of payment for the land where ‘Ile Arugbo’ was built on by the late Dr. Olusola Saraki, in Ilorin.
Chairman of the committee, Suleiman Ajadi stated this on Sunday while briefing newsmen on the controversy surrounding the government’s reclamation of the land.
The building was brought down in the early hours of Thursday following the revocation of the land by the government.
According to Ajadi, the land was a “shed” that the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s father used to “keep people waiting to see him for political meetings” adding that it was not a home for old people.
“Let me draw the attention of Nigerians to the use of ‘Ile Arugbo’ to describe the land in question. Usage of that phrase leads to many people erroneously thinking of a structured building where old people were catered for.
“This is not so. What was on ground until the physical reclamation by the government was a shed used by the late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki to keep people waiting to see him for political meetings.
“In essence, the house built and lived in by the late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki is intact, not touched or demolished by the Kwara state government.
“In addition, it is important to discuss the issue of ownership which should be central to the whole debate. With emphasis, from all records available, there is no ‘Right of Occupancy’ or ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ available to the private firm to which the land was allocated in principle.
“There is also no application nor receipt of payments for the land. Where, therefore, is the right to a claim to this land? Another issue of note is the absurdity of putting a political gathering place beside a (medical) clinic. A hospital is supposed to be a serene environment for welfare of patients.”