Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Kwara state police command on Tuesday deployed some detachment of policemen around the precincts of the disputed land between the Kwara state government and the family of the late godfather of Kwara politics Dr Olusola Saraki.
The state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had announced plans to construct a new secretariat on the land allegedly obtained by the late Saraki senior without any documentation.
Former senate president and son of the late politician Bukola Saraki had denied the state government’s claim
Residents of Ilofa, GRA, Ilorin where the land is located feared that Tuesday’s deployment of policemen to the area was preparatory to a possible demolition of the structures erected on the land.
Since the revocation order was issued last week Friday, Abdulrazaq and Saraki had engaged in accusations and counter-accusations over the land, which the state government said belongs to the Civil Service Clinic and which Saraki said belongs to his late father.
It was gathered that heavy security presence was noticed around the area as early as 6:00 am Tuesday.
It was further gathered that the presence of the armed policemen in the area might be to prevent the aged women who usually thronged the “charity home” at the end of every month to receive monetary gifts from the Saraki family from gaining entrance into the facility.
When contacted, the spokesman for the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said that deployment of the security men to the area was for security purpose.
He said that “it is important to forestall breakdown of law and order in the state, following perceived media war trailing the issue and various reactions from politicians on the matter.”