Claim of KWSG demolition of MM’s complex, false – Ajakaye

The claim by a former House of Representatives member and Chairman of Crystal Group, Hon. Mashood Mustapha that the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led Kwara state Government demolished his building, has been described as outright falsehood.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye in a statement said the claim was a lie, noting that many structures, which includes only a portion of the fence of Mustapha’s fence and some kiosks that encroached the setback was demolished, to pave way for the reconstruction of Ahmadu Bello way.

Ajakaiye said “KW-GIS (Kwara state Geographic Information Services) has marked all structures that encroach on the government setbacks as rehabilitation works begin on the Ahmadu Bello Way. This is the standard practice everywhere.

“The online media reports claiming that the government is set to destroy a building that belongs to Hon. Moshood Mustapha are not true. I think the right thing to do in such instance when our friends in the new media are not clear is to ask questions.

”There is no such thing as the government being set to demolish MM’s building or complex. What has been marked are the fence of the structure and some kiosks that conspicuously eat into government setbacks.

“As a matter of fact, parts of the main complex encroach on the setback at Ahmadu Bello Way and Sulu-Gambari Road. We all know the rules. However, the KWGIS is only concerned with the fence and the adjoining kiosks that offend the setbacks on the two roads. No more, no less.

”The lines marked in red in the drawing above showed the land area occupied by the building owned by MM. Anything outside of that red line is outside of the CoO approved for the structure. Everything to the right of the red line is the government setback. That is where the fence and the kiosks are. It is what has been marked to give way for the road project. And this affects everyone else whose structure encroaches the setbacks.

”That happened at Unity Road. That has happened to dozens of structures on the same Ahmadu Bello Way. It is happening along the University of Ilorin Road. Please go check these. Many have moved their things from the road without blackmailing the government. It will happen to every structure on the Sulu-Gambari Road, which stretches beyond the areas that they own. That is the law.”

”Are all other people affected also fighting the Governor? Can we then ask the KW-GIS to concede the setback to MM while others go to blazes?”, Ajakaiye queried.

He advised caution, noting that Kwara state belongs to all and no one has greater claims to it than the other.

“Let us please check things to be sure we are not being used to do mischief and heat up the polity for no just cause. Peace is priceless”, he added.

Hon. Mashood Mustapha had in a video circulated on social media, claimed his Crystal complex was demolished by the Kwara state Governor because of the Kwara Hotel contract dispute, tagging the development a political vendetta.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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