The Kwara state government says the demolition of the house belonging to the family of Olusola Saraki, was done to prevent “needless confrontation”.
According to a statement from the state commissioner of communications, Murtala Olanrewaju, security operatives prevented a planned resistance of the demolition.
“The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin,” the statement read.
“The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.”
The commissioner denied that the state government received any court order stopping it from the demolition.
“Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.
“Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, and be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into an emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake.
“While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.”
Recall that the state government in the early hours of Thursday demolished the political home of the Sarakis.
The property was revoked by the government over allegation that the property had no Certificate of Occupancy.