Oyo Government To Speak About Its Involvement Today.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Toyin Arulogun, has said that the state government will formally address journalists on its involvement on the demolition of Music House Of Yinka Ayefele today.
Arulogun also absolved himself of being behind the demolition of the building which housed his radio station, Fresh FM.
This is as Ayefele, yesterday evening suggested that Arulogun was the one behind the demolition.
In the popular musician’s words, “My special appreciation goes to Toyin Arulogun, the state Commissioner for information. He was the one who started the case and the one who finished it,”
Arulogun however clarified his involvement in the saga in a telephone interview with Premium Times saying, “The question is, can I influence the decision of the executive, that of government agencies and that of the state government as a whole?”
He then added that the state government would formally address journalists on its stance on the demolition today.
Mr Ayefele who had spoken on Sunday evening on a programme on the radio station, which commenced online transmission after the demolition begged his fans not to cause trouble, adding that they should leave the judgment to God.
“Don’t cause trouble. Don’t even touch the caterpillar parked in front of the music house. I beg of you all. The government has done what they deemed fit.”
“Fresh FM continues despite the demolition. So far we don’t do anything against the government laws and we’ve not breached the broadcast regulations. Let God judge.”
“If something pains one and you can’t fight, you leave everything to God. Our programmes will surely continue. Thanks to the digital age,” he said.
“My special appreciation goes to Toyin Arulogun, the state Commissioner for information. He was the one who started the case and the one who finished it, he added.
He also appreciated the Oyo government for the demolition describing the demolition as an open door to a new dawn.
The musician also appreciated the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for sending one of its representatives to witness the demolition. He also commended the workers of the demolished radio station for their resilience.
The location of the demolished building has generated controversies in recent weeks, with the Oyo State Government saying it contravenes urban and physical planning laws of the state.
The government said the building violated the originally approved building plan because it is “structurally defective (and) poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public.”
Naija News recalls Mr Ayefele last week approached a court to seek an order barring the state government from demolishing the building. Although the court did not grant the order, it adjourned the suit to this new week.