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Kwara Government Demolishes ‘Ile Arugbo’ Saraki’s Family House In Ilorin

Valentine Chinyem

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Kwara State Government in the early hours of Thursday, demolished the family house of immediate past senate president, Bukola Saraki in Ilorin, the state capital.

The house, popularly known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ (old peoples home) was demolished in the early hours of the day to avoid a possible clash with those loyal to the Saraki.

Recall that the Kwara state government had revoked some houses and properties illegally acquired by Saraki with some of the properties marked for demolition.

Governor Abdulrazak Abdulrahman had said that the land was originally meant for government secretariat and parking space for civil service clinic but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm Asa Investments Limited without any record of payment to the state government.

The governor signed a constitutional instrument withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the firm, asserting that the said land was unlawfully appropriated contrary to the purpose for which it was meant.

According to him, “Hundreds of civil servants still operate from rented apartments at a huge cost to the government.

“The new secretariat, once completed in 2021, will definitely go a long way to end this unhealthy trend as well as provide a more conducive and decent working environment for government workers.”

More so, it was alleged that some of the people residing in the house were harassed and injured in the process of evacuating them.

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