Saraki’s family and Kwara State Government have failed to settle out of court and would be returning to court. Kwara State government, led by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had demolished the popular ‘Ile Arugbo’ (house for the old) which was used by the Sarakis to accommodate and feed old people.
The state government, argues that the property which belongs to former Nigerian politician, Olusola Saraki, was originally designed to be used for the establishment of a public hospital, secretariat for civil servants in Kwara State and parking lot in the 1980s.
The late Saraki plotted the land to himself when he served as a federal lawmaker in the 1980s and used it to build a home for old people, who regularly visited his home for assistance.
Although a clinic was built on the land, it wasn’t completed because the land was fraudulently allotted to one Asa Investment for commercial.
After the state government demolished all the structure on the land, the former lawmaker, Bukola Saraki approached the court claiming rightful ownership while adding that there was a right of occupancy title issued on the land.
Both the state government and the Saraki family decided to give out of court settlement a chance during the last sitting, but have failed to reach an agreement and would revert to court.
Counsel to Asa Investment, AbdulAzeez Ibrahim, and the Attorney-General of Kwara State, Salmon Jawondo, clearly told the court that no agreement was reached while seeking that the leave of court gives them a date for the commencement of the case.
Kwara State Attorney-General said the settlement move between both parties failed when the claimants maintained that their demand for the reversal of the revocation order placed on the land was not negotiable. However, the court fixed 25th March 2020 for the next sitting.