The Kwara State government says it has demolished the political home of the Sarakis because it violated the laws of the land.
The demolished home belonging to the Sarakis is called the ‘Ile Arúgbó’.
The home was demolished in the early hours of Thursday, January 2, 2020 after security operatives dispersed protesters, including aged women, from within the complex.
The state government had fixed midnight for the demolition exercise to avoid a clash with Saraki’s loyalists who had been keeping watch on the complex, the report by thecable stated.
Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had last month announced his decision to revoke the late Olusola Saraki’s property because it was illegally acquired.
Razaq 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.
However, Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s former senate president who also served as Governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011, said his late father lawfully acquired the parcel of land from the state government.