The Minister of State for Transportation, Mrs Gbemisola Saraki, has accused Kwara State Governor, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, of security agencies to settle political scores following the demolition of the building belonging to her late father, Olusola Saraki, by officials of State Government.
Mrs Saraki condemned the action, and further alleged that AbdulRazaq of using security agencies to settle family political disagreements.
She said she was especially saddened by the state government’s unleashing of terror and mayhem on innocent and defenceless aged women, who were protesting against Ile Arugbo’s demolition.
She said in a statement on Friday, “I call upon the Inspector-General of Police to caution the state Commissioner of Police. Using security agencies and live ammunition to settle political and personal scores is not what the Buhari administration is about. We must stand up against vindictive politics, driven by envy, motivated by jealousy and practised without integrity.”
Popularly called Ile Arugbo (home for the aged), the house is located along the Ilofa Road in the Government Reserved Area of Ilorin.
The building was a place where the late Saraki used to distribute food, money and clothes to old women, a tradition that the immediate past Senate President and Gbemisola’s brother, Bukola Saraki, inherited.
However, the building, which became a subject of controversy in the last few days, was demolished around 4am on Thursday by security agents of the state government.
It was gathered that the men of the Nigeria Police Force first took over the property 48 hours before the demolition to forestall the breakdown of law after some aged women protested against the state government’s decision.
AbdulRazaq had on December 27, 2019 announced the revocation of the title to Ile Arugbo over alleged illegal possession.
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