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Why We Demolished Saraki’s House In The Morning

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The Kwara State Government has revealed why the demolition of Saraki’s political home popularly known as “Ile Arúgbó” took place in the early hours of Thursday, January 2.

 

A statement credited to the Kwara state’s commissioner for communications, Murtala Olanrewaju said that the demolition had to be done early in the morning to avoid avoid ‘needless’ protests.

 

The statement said: “The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.

 

“The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke the government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.

 

“Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.

 

“Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful and be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into an emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake.

 

“While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.”

 

Murtala also debunked claims of the state government receiving a court order stopping the demolition, appealing to residents of the state to remain calm.

 

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