Oyo State Government Denies Authorizing The Demolition Of Yinka Ayefele’s N800M Music House – The Oyo State Government today denied giving the authorisation to demolish the N800 million music house owned by gospel artiste, Yinka Ayefele, which happened yesterday.
Through its counsel, Yomi Alliyu, the State government, denied the accusation today before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan.
Alliyu represented the first and second defendants, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi and Mr. Bola Abimbola (State Attorney-General), in a case instituted by Yinka Ayefele against them.
Alliyu told the court that his clients were shocked when they read about the reported demolition on Sunday morning as they did not give authorization.
According to him, the state government is planning on setting up a panel of inquiry to discover the individuals responsible for the demolition.
He told the court that, ”My clients are men of honor that respect the rule of law and constituted authority and will have no reason to demolish the said property,”
Earlier denying that his clients were served with court processAlliyu quickly reversed himself after he was shown evidence of actual service on the first and second respondents by the judge.
However, the defense counsel urged the court to adjourn the case pending the time the claimant would be able to file and serve his clients with notice of the ex-parte motion since the court was on vacation.
He said that “filing of motion on notice and letter of urgency alone by the claimant was not enough.”
However, Olayinka Bolanle, counsel to Ayefele, told the court that the state government carried out the demolition despite an earlier court order restraining it.
He told the court, “Even after the defendants had become aware of this proceedings, it is sad and unbelievable my Lord that the defendants in the wee hours of Sunday, Aug 19, went to the property in dispute and demolished it,”
The case was adjourned by Justice Yerima until Sept. 12 for the hearing of applications. He also urged parties to file necessary processes before the adjourned date.