Outrage In Ekiti Over Demolition Of Ayefele’s Radio Station
The demolition of Yinka Ayefele Music House housing his Fresh FM, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of Sunday, has attracted outrage among the people of Ekiti State.
People discussed the demolition in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Sunday, with obvious feeling of resentment, with many of them questioning the timing of the demolition.
Most people who spoke with Bounce News condemned the demolition of the building.
They described the demolition as a gross abuse of powers by the Oyo State government and governor Ajimobi against a radio station simply doing their job.
Kola Ajayi noted that the demolition proved that it had no respect for the rule of law.
He noted that the demolition was inhuman because over 200 widows were on the payroll of the station while 150 workers were receiving salaries from Ayefele monthly.
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On his part, Kunle Adewale said he was surprised that a civilian government can demolish such a building because of a ''flimsy excuse.''
“It is really unfortunate that such a reprehensible act still takes place in a democracy,'' he said.
Also, nearly all the callers to a programme of a private radio station in the town, Voice FM, on Sunday morning, lamented the demolition and contended that Yinka Ayefele should relocate the station to Ekiti State.
Call after call into the programme, the callers lamented the development and decried the action of the government of Governor Ajimobi, describing the demolition as in bad taste.
They also continuously charged Ayefele to relocate his station to Ekiti State, with one of them saying “let him relocate his radio station to Ekiti State. We will support and protect him.”
The Oyo State Government on Sunday stormed the Music House belonging to artiste, Yinka Ayefele and pulled it down, despite pending court action to stop the demolition.
Ayefele had sued Oyo State government, and the court had ruled that there are serious issues to be determined, and adjourned the case to August 20.
The Oyo State government had been duly served.
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