Video, photos as Ibadan residents lament demolition of Ayefele’s Music House

The state government had marked the structure, located on the Challenge-Toll Gate Road, for demolition for allegedly contravening the state’s planning laws

The Oyo State Government on Sunday demolished Music House, the structure owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele, and which houses his Fresh FM Station.
The state government had marked the structure, located on the Challenge-Toll Gate Road, for demolition for allegedly contravening the state’s planning laws.
But Ayefele had approached an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan seeking to stop the planned demolition.
Ayefele’s counsel, Olayinka Bolanle, in an exparte motion, filed before the court, sought for an order of the court restraining the state government from demolishing the property pending the determination of the suit.
Bolanle also stated that due process was followed in the construction of the structure, while relevant approvals were obtained from the state’s departments and agencies associated with land and housing.
Justice I. Yerima ordered the claimant to ensure service of the court process on the respondent and adjourned the case till Monday (tomorrow) for the hearing of the exparte motion.
However, the state government on Sunday demolished the structure.
Witnesses told NAN that bulldozers moved in at about 4.30am to commence the demolition, while Fresh FM alerted the public on the development.
The government officials and equipment used in the exercise had since left the scene.
NAN reports that the radio station had since been off air while a huge crowd gathered at the scene of the demolition as at the time of this report.
Meanwhile, residents of Ibadan on Sunday lamented the demolition of the Music House.
A NAN correspondent reports that hundreds of residents had thronged the scene wielding placards with various inscriptions criticising the state government over the exercise.
Ayefele, on his Facebook page after the demolition, said: “Oyo State Government did at last…..my pains, my sweat…So help me God.”
Some of the early callers at the scene of the demolished building were Seyi Makinde, a Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, and Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Secretary of Unity Forum, a splinter group in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
Also present at the scene was Hon. Olusegun Olaleye, representing Ibadan North State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly.
Makinde, Olatunbosun and Olaleye, however, appealed to the irate residents at the scene of the demolished structure to remain calm, urging them not to resort to self-help.
Calls made to the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, were unsuccessful as his two cell phone lines were switched off.

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