– Kwara state government has come under criticism for “violating a court order”
– This is as the government demolished structures on Olusola Saraki’s Ile Arugbo land
– The demolition took place at 2am on Wednesday — hours after Kwara high court’s judgment
Despite a recent court order on Olusola Saraki’s property popularly known as Ile Arugbo, the Kwara state government has demolished the structures on the land.
The destruction was carried out on Wednesday, February 3, after a bulldozer said to belong to the government drove to the premises between 2:25 am and 4:20 and pulled down the structures.
Hours to the development, a Kwara high court order had struck out a suit by Asa Investments Ltd, claimants to the disputed landed property.
The court also fixed March 17 for the hearing of the counter-claims filed by the Kwara state government on the land.
In a reaction to the fresh demolition, the claimants described the government’s action as reckless and illegal, arguing that the matter is still pending in court, The Nation reports.
Akin Onigbinde (SAN), a lead counsel to the claimants Asa Investments Ltd, said it was wrong for the government, which is also a party in the suits, to take such action after the court’s judgement.
He noted that the state government, by its action, has violated the undertaking it made in open court in previous sittings not to interfere with the property.
“It was also surprising that on a day the court granted an application to Asa Investments Ltd to substitute the name of Alhaji Sanusi Baba-Eleku, a co-claimant with Asa Investment Ltd, who died recently. . .Kwara State Government overreached judicial process to further destroy the property during the pendency of hearing.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Bukola Saraki, former Senate president, opened up on why the upper chamber refused to confirm the appointment of some of the names sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Responding to a tweet by a media mogul Dele Momodu on Wednesday, December 30, Saraki, who served as the chairman of the 8th National Assembly (NASS), said the Senate’s refusal to confirm Buhari’s appointees was “never about a personal agenda.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, however, said the decision was solely based on the interest of the country.