Yinka Ayefele Sues Oyo Govt. Over Planned Demolition Of Fresh FM
It appears safe to tag the fight by gospel tungba musician, Yinka Ayefele, to save his Music House from being demolished as a battle between entertainment and politics.
Now that he has sued the Oyo State Government over the planned demolition, we are about to witness a showdown between two giants in the ancient city of Ibadan.
The state government had marked the structure located on the Challenge-Toll Gate road for demolition for allegedly contravening the state’s planning laws.
On August 13, 2018, a three-day demolition notice was served on the building which houses Ayefele’s popular radio station, Fresh FM.
It expired on August 15, and the government said in a statement by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, on Wednesday that there was no going back on the planned demolition.
Ayefele has now approached an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan seeking to stop the exercise.
His counsel, Olayinka Bolanle, in an ex parte 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.
Mr 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, however, ordered the claimant to ensure service of the court process on the respondent and adjourned the case till Monday for the hearing of the motion.
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