Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration in Oyo State has once again issued a 3-day demolition notice of the multi-million naira Music House complex housing the popular Fresh 105.9 FM, Ibadan owned by popular musician, Dr Yinka Ayefele for an alleged contravention of the State Physical Planning and Urban Development law.
The notice issued by a Task Force from the Governor’s Office dated Monday, August 13, 2018, and was signed by an anonymous chairman was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.
The expansive complex worth over N800 million located along newly constructed Challenge dual carriageway leading to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Toll Gate houses a thriving radio station, state-of-the-art recording studio, editing studio and banquet hall.
However, in a statement Wednesday by the Chairman of the radio station, Ayefele titled: “Governor Ajimobi and The Music House”, he said the station received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings.
“Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh FM, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil,” Ayefele stated.
According to the renowned entertainer, in the last six weeks, his organisation has received series of letters from various state agencies and officials including Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and Personal lawyer of the state governor.
“What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?” he quipped.
The full statement reads:
“On October 2012, the government of Oyo State under Governor Abiola Ajimobi had threatened to demolish the expansive music House Complex owned by the Music merchant, Dr Yinka Ayefele, MON to allow for the expansion of the road into a dual carriageway but the idea was later shelved.
Speaking as a guest on a radio programme inside the same Music House Complex located at Challenge area of the ancient city four years after, Ajimobi said he was happy that he didn’t listen to those who wanted the property demolished.
“Thank God we didn’t heed the advice to demolish this building, I thank God I didn’t demolish this building”, Ajimobi said on Fresh 105.9fm, a radio station owned by Ayefele.
Fast forward to 2018, a Demolition Notice dated Monday, 13th August 2018 was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.
The Demolition Notice which was signed by unnamed personnel for the Chairman, Task Force quoted sections 30, 31 & 32 of Oyo State physical Planning & Urban Development Law, 2012.
The management of music House, on Monday, received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings. Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh FM, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil.
In the last six weeks, we have received series of letters from Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Personal lawyer of the state governor and several other government agencies.
What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?
Earlier, we have received a letter requesting to inspect the building which we obliged the state agency even when we knew the motive was wrong and not in good fate. The agency came up with 10 fictitious report stating among others that the Radio Tower (Mast) erected within the compound was not covered with the approved building plan whereas, we got the NCC and NBC approval before erecting the mast, one wonders when it becomes the job of Physical Planning to approve the erection of Radio Mast.
The agency also raised the issue of spiral staircase which was introduced for easy access to the basement, the wall fence, structures such as general store, Power House, Canteen among others as not duly in the approved plan and recommended that “since the developer has deviated from the approved building plan it automatically means that the building is not covered with any approval any longer”, the report stated.
We have a few questions to ask the Oyo State government and its agencies. If truly we contravened the government town planning law(s), what does the law says concerning contravention? What does the law says about Demolition order and Quit Notice respectively? Is the building in anyway defect? Is the building harbouring criminals?
Why is the Music House Complex singled out for this exercise among other buildings on the same axis?
We view this as a selective justice by the state government especially when the Governor had earlier said during his visit to the Music House that some politicians actually advised him to demolish the building on the allegation that Ayefele is not supporting them. Is the govt planning to expand the road again? Of what political gain will the demolition add to the achievement of the state government? When is the state agency going to demolish Cocoa House for housing some radio stations?
The Music House Complex was duly approved as Business and Commercial Building and all approval was legally done according to the laws of the land.
This is a business complex that accommodated almost 150 workers from where they draw their daily income and feed their families.
If the state government feels the only way to pay a hardworking man on the wheel chair is to demolish his property which has not in any way affect, obstruct or cause disturbance in the state, then we leave everything to God but then, this may be the last straw that will break the Camel’s back.
Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON
Yinka Ayefele Ltd
(Owners of Fresh 105.9 FM Ibadan and Fresh 107.9 FM Abeokuta)
Ronnie Music Releases ONYE NA EME M’MA
Adesanya Aderonke Comfort popularly known as Ronnie is multi-talented Gospel artiste, who discovered her talent at the tender age of 5.
She started with the children choir of her then church, Foursquare Gospel Church, (Chapel of Blessing), iju in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos. She has since then, been a part of different church choir before establishing herself in the Gospel Music Industry.
The graduate of Insurance from the Lagos state
She was nominated for the “Best gospel lyrics at the Nigerian Gospel Award in 2011and 2018 but won HYPE Awards and has received several other nominations since then.
Ronnie is not just a passionate worshipper with a unique voice, she is also a great dancer and dance instructor. Her passion to worship God in a unique way, led to the birthing of “Building The Palace of Praise”- an 100% praise event that brings people together quarterly to experience the presence of God in an ambiance electrified with deep worship with Ronnie and her friends.
Even a day old baby can guess her response when asked what is her hobby, she said SINGING!!!
She has alot of soul lifting singles to her credit and she recently released a New video title ONYE NA EME M’MA ” after the success of Grateful another soul lifting song…
JUST IN: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Donates N1m To Ailing Baba Suwe
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has announced a donation of N1m to the ailing veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a. Baba Suwe, who had solicited for financial support to enable him seek urgent medical attention.
Baba Suwe made the plea for financial support on Monday during an interview with popular broadcaster, Kola Olotu, in Ibadan.
And today, Thursday, the Vice President Osinbajo has already responded through his aides who visited the ailing actor at his Ikorodu Lagos home.
Meanwhile, Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) also said that the actor has been on the health bill of the association since 2017.
The affable comic actor went out of circulation eight years ago, after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, because of diabetic complications among other ailments.
Tracing the origin of his current ordeal, Baba Suwe said the crisis started in the United States of America, where he had traveled to, but collapsed, even amidst cheers by fans.
“Since the time I returned to Nigeria, I have been going up and down,” he struggled to tell the radio show host amidst tears.
“They have taken me to different hospitals, yet my condition is getting worse. My situation is so bad now that I can’t walk without a walking stick.”
Baba Suwe also linked his current predicament to the ordeals the NDLEA officials subjected him to while in its custody.
According to him, the mental, psychological and medical stress he underwent, while NDLEA tried to establish that he indeed ingested cocaine, shattered him.
The comedian also lamented that he is yet to receive the N25 million damages initially awarded him.
He said: “The most important issue is that I need money to treat and rehabilitate myself as I have spent all I had on the health challenges.
Also, Baba Suwe shared his account details: First Bank, Babs Omidina Comedy, 2003537811, during the interview.
During an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in September, Baba Suwe revealed that he would release a movie, ‘Oya Gbe Ti’ detailing his 2011 encounter with NDLEA.
He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.
During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the agency, but no drugs were found.
A Lagos High Court subsequently ordered NDLEA to pay the veteran actor N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him; a ruling the drugs agency appealed.
‘Please Help Me, Don’t Let Me Die Like This’ —– Baba Suwe Cries Out
Babatunde Omidina, a veteran Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Suwe, says he needs the help of his fans with raising funds for medical treatment abroad.
In a radio interview with Kola Olootu on Lagelu FM, the actor said he had not received his N25 million compensation from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
In 2011, the actor was arrested by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport over the suspicion that he was trafficking drugs.
He was detained for three weeks and was granted bail after no drugs were found on him.
“I slumped when I travelled and was admitted for about three weeks. They asked me if I was trafficking cocaine and I said no. I was examined and they didn’t see anything,” he said.
“After that, I requested to return to Nigeria. After returning to Nigeria, I tried to walk on my own but I was staggering; that’s how I started using the walking stick. When I returned to America, they said I needed to do surgery and that it would cost a lot.
“When I approached people, they said they didn’t have money so I couldn’t raise as much money as I needed. I need help from my fans so that I can take care of myself.”
Although the court had ordered NDLEA to pay a compensation of N25 million to the actor, he said he has not received it.
“After all this, I haven’t received the N25 million compensation. Please don’t let me die this way. I can’t lie, see how I am looking,” he said.
In reaction to the interview, the leadership of Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) denied abandoning Baba Suwe.
Bolaji Amusan, TAMPAN president populary known as Mr Latin, told journalists that he has instructed the Lagos state arm of the association to check on him.
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