Toye Arulogun (Toyin Arulogun), the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, has reacted after Yinka Ayefele called him out in a statement and accused him of being the mastermind behind the demolition of his Music House.
Mr Ayefele’s music house was controversially demolished by the Oyo state government on Sunday. And in an official statement, Yinka alleged that TOYIN ARULOGUN (correct name for Oyo State Commissioner for Information is Toye Arulogun) suggested the demolition.
According to Yinka, Toyin Arulogun was the one who started the demolition case and the one who finished it.
In a telephone interview with Premium Times, Mr Arulogun, however, says he was not responsible for the demolition. Rather, that the action was taken by the Oyo state government and town planning authorities.
“The question is, can I influence the decision of the executive, that of government agencies and that of the state government as a whole?”
Mr Arulogun added that the state government would formally address journalists on its stance on the demolition on Monday.
Mr Ayefele had yesterday pleaded with his fans to keep calm and not resort to violence despite the painful demolition of his building. Speaking via his Fresh FM radio yesterday evening, Ayefele told fans:
“Don’t cause trouble. Don’t even touch the caterpillar parked in front of the music house. I beg of you all. The government has done what they deemed fit.”
Fresh FM continues despite the demolition. So far we don’t do anything against the government laws and we’ve not breached the broadcast regulations. Let God judge.”
“If something pains one and you can’t fight, you leave everything to God. Our programmes will surely continue. Thanks to the digital age,” he said.
The musician also appreciated the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for sending one of its representatives to witness the demolition. He also commended the workers of the demolished radio station for their resilience.
Why did Oyo state government demolish Yinka Ayefele’s building?
The Oyo State Government said Yinka Ayefele‘s music house contravenes urban and physical planning laws of the state.
The government said the building violated the originally approved building plan because it is “structurally defective (and) poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public.”
Before the demolition, Mr Ayefele last week approached a court to seek an order barring the state government from demolishing the building. Although the court did not grant the order, it adjourned the suit to this new week.
The Oyo state however refused to stay action and carried out the demolition.