Saraki Reacts, As Kwara Govt Demolishes Family’s Political Base

Saraki Reacts, As Kwara Govt Demolishes Family's Political Base

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Former Senate president, Bukola Saraki says justice will prevail soon in reaction to the demolition of his father’s home carried out by the Kwara state government.

According to witnesses, the building, popularly called Ile Arugbo, was demolished at about 4:00 a.m.

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.

Bukola 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 being against the legacies of his father.

Also on Thursday, The Kwara State Government defended the demolition saying security officials thwarted the “attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty” during the demolition.

In its statement explaining the demolition, the Kwara government said it was not served with an court papers to stop the demolition.

It also said security officers exhibited the “highest level of restraint and professionalism” to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile, in a statement Mr Saraki posted on social media on Thursday evening, he expressed his appreciation to the protesters.

“Following the development this morning in Ile Arugbo, I want to commend the women and men, old and young, who displayed their affection, love and staunch support for my late father and the family. I appreciate the genuine support of the women and youths who stood firmly in the face of aggression and naked show of force.

“Your action throughout the night gave full expression to my belief that what Ile Arugbo represents to all of us is etched in our hearts. It goes beyond the physical structure. I am happy that you were not intimidated as you stood your ground. This day will go down as the day you reciprocated the love and affection my father and family have for you.”

“You have displayed a gesture of goodwill and passionate love. We assure you that justice shall prevail in a not too distant future,” He concluded.

The Saraki family has largely controlled Kwara politics since 1999 as the late Olusola Saraki and his son determined who became governors, lawmakers, and who held other key positions.

Remnants of the demolished ‘Ile Arugbo’
Senator Bukola Saraki

Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Ajayi Jeffrey, claimed not to be part of the team that went for the demolition.

“I know nothing about the demolition, if at all there is any. In fact, no notice was given to my office,” he maintained.