Tears flow freely on the cheeks of residents of challenge in Ibadan as Oyo government in the early hours of Sunday, August 19, carried out its threat to demolish the Music House belonging to the music maestro, Yinka Ayefele.
The demolished house also provide accommodation for Fresh FM located at Lagos-Ibadan bypass in Challenge area of Ibadan.
According to Nigerian Tribune, a bulldozer arrived at the premises of the radio station around 4.30am on Sunday, August 19, in company of a full white hummer bus of officers of the Nigerian Army and mobile policemen.
Being a pending issue since last week, immediately the staff on duty announced the demolition exercise, residents from neighbouring areas trooped to catch a glimpse of the incident.
NAIJ.com gathered that the demolition exercise affected the staircase connecting the entrance to the music hall, reception, newsroom and an office adjacent to the office of the chairman.
The operation, Nigerian Tribune's sources informed was meant for total destruction, but the operator of the bulldozers stopped when it’s fork tampered with one of electric poles at the adjacent road behind the office, for fear of electric shock.
One of the staff while speaking with Nigerian Tribune under condition of anonymity said that the staff on duty were not aware of the presence of the demolition team.
He said: “We only got wind of the operation sound of the bulldozer, on stepping out to verify what is actually happening, the bulldozer had hit the gate. At that point, it dawned on us that they were from the state government.
“At that point, we were confused and we’re just shouting to alert other staff on duty."
The chairman of the station, Dr Yinka Ayefele’s, MON, who was dumbfounded after he was informed and came out to inspect could not utter any word.
He reportedly later went round the station to take stock of the station with staff who were all strolling in one by one.
In its own report, Premium Times said it is not immediately clear whether the Oyo state government authorized the demolition.
The newspaper said efforts to reach the Morohunkola Thomas, an aide to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on political matters, were unsuccessful.
It added that Toye Arulogun, the state commissioner for information, could also not be immediately reached.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Oyo state government set out plans to demolish the multi million naira music house.
The state government had revealed its plans of demolishing the building stating that it is on the right-of-way for the planned 8-lane road expansion in Ibadan.
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