Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State was woken up on Sunday by the sounds of bulldozers that demolished parts of the Music House, Fresh FM, a building belonging to popular musician, Yinka Ayefele to make way for a road.
The building situated on the sprawling Link Road to Challenge was demolished, according to the State’s Commissioner of Information, Mr. Toye Arulogun for contravening the Oyo State’s Bureau of Physical Planning Law, lack of approval, threat to life and safety. The spot the building is located on the road, he said have recorded not less than three loss of lives and automobile mishaps in less than nine months.
- While public opinions, hues and cries have trailed the decision of Oyo State Government to demolish the building, the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reported that bulldozers rolled into the building at 4:30am.
The State Government had marked the structure for demolition stating that it contravened the Oyo State’s Building Plan Laws.
Last week, the Government followed up with a notice pasted on the wall of the building. The notice had a grace of three days which expired last Thursday.
During the grace period, Ayefele in apprehension approached a court in I badan to secure an injunction to restrain the government and its agencies from carrying out the order on the notice, amidst sensational media attack and condemnation of the move on the social media.
While the court granted the injunction restraining the government and its agents not to attempt to demolish the property situated at Plot 11a and 11b along the link road to Lagos Express road, the Ajimobi-led government carried out the demolition.
At the break of dawn on Sunday, Ayefele looking downcast, joined thousands of fans and sympathisers weeping, cursing, to witness the rubbles from the demolition exercise. The Music House reported to cost N800m housed the famous musician’s office, a radio station, Fresh FM and his recording studio.
Meanwhile, Ayefele, responding to the demolition on his Facebook wrote: ” Oyo state government did at last……my pains my sweat ….So help me God.”
- In the same vein, the management of the radio station, FRESH FM 105.FM immediately resumed broadcast and sued for calm from sympathisers and members of the public