*Ibadan residents protest demolition of Ayefele’s Music House
The embattled musician and owner of Fresh FM Ibadan, Yinka Ayefel should be compensated by the Oyo State government for the demolition of his property by the state government in the early hours of today, says Dr Kayode Ajulo, a renowned legal practitioner.
Ajulo in a chat with World Street Journal lamented the demolition exercise while the matter was still in court. He said, ”I pray Mr Yinka Ayefele, the owner of Music House obtained court injunction restraining governor Ajimobi’s Oyo State Government from demolishing his property”
According to the former General Secretary of the Labour Party, an injunction is an equitable remedy n the form of a court order that compels a party to do or refrain from specific acts. He however, pointed out that a party that fails to comply with an injunction faces criminal or civil penalties, including possible monetary sanctions and even imprisonment. ”They can also be charged with contempt of court”, he added.
In the absence of the injunction and in the face of the demolition of the Music House which was done today as well as considering the building permit purportedly obtained about ten years ago, Ajulo further explained that the Oyo State government must adequately compensate Mr Ayefele for his loss of full usage of his property.
In the event that the State government refused to come in terms with the musician and compensate him accordingly, the legal luminary also averred that Ayefele was empowered and had right to seek court intervention to ensure that his right and interest were protected in the property.
When WSJ visited the scene of the demotion in the early hours of today, thousands of fans of the crippled musician were wailing and heaping curses on the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi. The sympathizers that thronged the Music House in angst described the governor as heartless, wicked, and power drunk.
”If Ajimobi can do this to a cripple, you people with two legs had better run for dear life”, said a man who begged for anonymity. The man who said he came from Ijebu-Ode to catch a glimpse of the havoc done to a physically challenged Nigerian entrepreneur, lamented that Ajimobi had turned himself into a moving train that was ready to crush any object on its path.
Residents of Ibadan and environs lamented the demolition of the Music House owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele, by the Oyo State Government.
The structure located on the Challenge-Toll Gate dual carriageway in Ibadan houses the popular Fresh FM radio station owned by the musician.
Hundreds of residents had thronged the scene wielding placards with various inscriptions criticising the state government over the exercise.
Ayefele, on his Facebook page after the demolition, said: “Oyo State Government did at last…..my pains, my sweat…So help me God.”
Some of the early callers at the scene of the demolished building were Mr Seyi Makinde, a PDP governorship aspirant and Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Secretary of Unity Forum, a splinter group in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
Also present at the scene was Hon. Olusegun Olaleye representing Ibadan North State Constituency in the State House of Assembly.
Makinde, Olatunbosun and Olaleye, however, appealed to the irate residents at the scene of the demolished structure to remain calm, urging them not to resort to self-help.
Calls made to the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, were unsuccessful as his two cell phone lines were switched off.
Ayefele’s counsel, Mr Olayinka Bolanle, in an exparte motion filed before the court, sought for an order of the court restraining the state government from demolishing the property pending the determination of the suit.
Bolanle also stated that due process was followed in the construction of the structure while relevant approvals were obtained from the state’s departments and agencies associated with land and housing.
Justice I. Yerima ordered the claimant to ensure service of the court process on the respondent and adjourned the case till Monday for the hearing of the exparte motion.