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Reactions trail demolition of structures in Oyo

By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—AGAINST public outcry that the rule of law should be followed  before any demolition of building takes place, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party under the leadership of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, yesterday continued the demolition of quarters which had earlier been properly bided for during Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s administration.

The latest victim of alleged undue demonstration of power by the state government is the owner of building being use as the State Secretariat of the party on Queens Elizabeth Road, Ibadan, Chief Mrs. Bolarinwa Adewale.

Though, the State Police Command acted promptly by arresting the people who brought bull dozer to her residence, the 62 year old woman said it was never in her imagination that Governor Alao-Akala could do this to her considering many sacrifices she had made to make the party firmly rooted in the state.

While conducting newsmen around the house with some of her luggage flung out, she wondered why the state government which ought to be law abiding should continue demolishing the building in spite of the fact that the case was in court.

Adewale, a high chief and former Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Affairs to Ladoja in Abuja  lamented that this slap on her face would have been prevented if Chief Adedibu had been alive.

Shedding tears uncontrollably, she said so many people had intervened in the matter, “During the tenure of Senator Ladoja, I bidded for the house and I paid all the necessary money charged. I got all my papers. But, this administration said I had to re_bid. I did not object, but as a sitting tenant, I should be given some preference. They complained that I bidded too low and I promised to buy it at any price”.

“When I started receiving anonymous calls threatening to kill me if I did not vacate the house, I went to the court so that my rights would not be violated anyhow. Till now, the case is in court. I was in my house this morning when the bulldozer marked S. S. Ladsom Limited and a government vehicle, arrived and started demolishing my house. I had to jump over the fence to escape because they had told them to kill me if they met me there. What kind of injustice is this?” she asked.

Sobbing, she said, “I have suffered too much for the PDP. All my friends and family members have deserted me because I identified with the party. I am the landlady of the state secretariat of the party. I had to close down my office to allow them use my property. Don’t you think I should, at least, be treated with some courtesy?”

Not ruling out that she is suffering because of the crisis within the party, she appealed to all well meaning Nigerians including President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on this government not to pay the good she had done with evil.
She stressed that the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo pointedly told her that the order to demolish her property came from Abuja because she was part of the past administration.

She said, quoting SSG, “you are part of the past administration. You have to move out of that house”. After this, I started receiving threat messages telling me I would be killed. I don’t even mind what they do to me again. If they demolish this house, what else would they do to scare me. I am already 62 years old, I’m not afraid to die for the truth”.

When Saturday Vanguard called for the comments of the government, the phone of the Commissioner for Lands had been switched off. One of the aides of the governor who pleaded anonymity said he should be excused from making comments on the matter.


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