Demolition Sparks Outcry in Oyo State Capital

The Oyo State Government’s demolition of numerous structures in Ibadan, the state capital, has stirred controversy and anguish among affected residents.

The demolition, initiated at Fashade community along Circular Road, is expected to impact approximately 12 villages in the Ona-Ara Local Government Area. Residents expressed shock and disappointment, citing assurances from Governor Makinde during a previous peaceful protest that their houses would be spared from demolition.

Abdulfatal Amubikan, a community leader, lamented the abrupt demolition, highlighting the governor’s unfulfilled promises of dialogue and compensation. Similarly, victims like Usman Ikram shared their distress, emphasizing the emotional toll and financial loss incurred.

The plight of individuals like 68-year-old widow Omowumi Akintoye underscores the dire circumstances faced by affected residents, who plea for assistance from the government. Others, including Abiodun Adeyemo, Sikiru Adebayo, Folake Balogun, Omolara Babalola, and Akinkunmi Jayeola, echoed the call for intervention from Governor Makinde.

In response, the state Commissioner for Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, Williams Akinfunmilayo, confirmed the ongoing demolitions. He clarified that structures within 100 to 150 meters of Circular Road were affected due to the government’s acquisition of a 500-meter space for road expansion.

Akinfunmilayo assured affected individuals with legitimate documents of compensation, urging them to approach the government for assistance.

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