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Oyo state government demolishes singer's 'Music House'

Yinka Ayefele's Music House has been demolished seven days after a demolition notice was served on Monday, August 12, 2018.

The demolition of the property occurred on Sunday, August 19, 2018, exactly six days after the management was served with a demolition notice on Monday, August 12, 2018.

The Music House is situated along the expressway in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

In the demolition notice, the Oyo state government had said the building contravenes the physical planning laws of the state. It served a notice of demolition which expired on Wednesday, August 15.

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Ayefele's Music House, reportedly valued at N800 million, has been in place for over 10 years.

Here's what the demolition notice read:

“Having failed to comply with the earlier stop work/quit/ contravention notice (s) served on your development or as your structure is found to be structurally defective/poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public, you are hereby ordered to vacate the site and remove the structure thereon within three days, failure of which the government shall effect the removal and commence legal action against you in accordance with Section 43 of the law.”

Corroborating the demolition notice, Oyo state commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Toye Arulogun, said Music House violated the originally approved building plan.

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Planned demolition is politically motivated - Ayefele

Ayefele strongly believes the planned demolition on Music House is purely politically motivated.

The singer is yet to keep his cool since the receiving his notice and he has claimed the planned demolition is politically motivated.

Speaking with Punch, Ayefele's media manager, David Ajiboye narrated why the demolition of the edifice which houses his radio station and music studio should not take place.

“We don’t see it as a threat; instead we see it as a challenge because the planned demolition of the music house is politically motivated. When the governor visited the studio in 2016, he said people told him to demolish the building because Ayefele was not in his camp. The building was approved in June 2008 as a business premise; that is over 10 years ago,” Ajiboye said on behalf of Ayefele.

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