Ile-Arugbo Saga: Court bars Kwara Govt from taking over Saraki’s property

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A court in Ilorin, Kwara State this afternoon granted Ex-parte injunction restraining the Kwara State Government, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and their agents from further demolition of Ile Arugbo, the political home of the late Dr. Ousola Saraki, father of former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Minister of State for Transport, Ggemisola Saraki.

Legislative Digest gathered that the Judge also granted an injunction that the State government should not go near the land or construct or do anything on the land pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

The State government had on Thursday last week demolished the building over claims that it was illegally acquired.

Security operatives had dispersed protesters who kept vigil to prevent the demolition. 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 said the land was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and parking lot of the civil service clinic, “but that it was unlawfully allocated to a private firm Asa Investments Limited without any record of payment to the state government.”

Mr Saraki had earlier countered the statement, saying his late father lawfully acquired the land from the State government. He also accused the State Governor of opposing the legacies of his late father.

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