Kwara State Government has said that the structure it demolished recently was not Saraki’s ancestral home as is being portrayed in some section of the media.
In a statement today, January 2 by Rafiu Ajakaya, Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, State government stressed that the land was, and still is a public property originally meant for the construction of Government Secretariat, a Civil Service Clinic, and a parking lot for the two.
“However, ownership of the property was spuriously transfered to a private firm, and for commercial purpose without the firm paying a kobo to the government or obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy.
“What the Government has done is to reclaim the land in the spirit of what it was originally meant for.”
The statement explained that Saraki’s ancestral home is in Agbaji, in Ilorin while the property in contention is used for political meetings in the heart of the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ilorin.