By Gbenga Olarinoye

OSOGBO—About 300 landlords, yesterday, stormed the Osun State House of Assembly to protest non- payment of compensation for their houses destroyed by the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration four years ago during the expansion of roads project in Osogbo, the state capital.

The protesters, who stormed the assembly as early as 8a.m. carrying placards with various inscriptions, alleged that they had lost tens of their members since the agitation to get their compensation started in 2012.

The landlords under the aegis of Association of Owners of Valued Demolished Buildings ambushed the Speaker,  Najeem Salam,  on his way to his office pleading that the House should intervene on their behalf for the compensation to be paid.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the chairman of the association, Mr. Moshood Oladejo,  told the Speaker that the delay in the payment of their compensation has rendered them homeless.

Oladejo  said since the demolition of their buildings that they have lost their sources of livelihood as most of them earn income from the buildings.

“We are too old to struggle for other means of livelihood now and most of the affected landlords have serious health challenges as a result of the demolition of their buildings,” he told the Speaker.

While sympathising with the landlords over their plights, the Speaker assured that the House would assist them in getting the compensation from the state government.


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