The government of Kwara state and the Saraki family have agreed to embrace the path of negotiation in resolving the issues surrounding the demolition Ile Arugbo by the government.
Lawyers on the two sides told the high court before which the cases was bein prosecuted on Friday that the state government and the Sarakis have agreed to settle the matter out of the court, and fixed January 27 to meet in order to commence means of finding amicable resolution.
Justice Adebara who presided over the case granted their application for settlement out of court and adjourned.
Kwara state government was reported to have demolished ‘Ile Arugbo’, claiming it was originally designated to house a secretariat and a parking lot.
But former senate president, Bukola Saraki faulted the move, saying it was in bad faith and aimed at obliterating the legacies of his late father, Dr Olusola Saraki. His sister, Gbemisola Saraki, who is a minister under the same party as the state governor, also lashed at the Governor Abdulrazaq, saying the property has a history which was beyond the governor’s pettiness. She was particularly angry that, as members of the same political party, the governor did not warn her before embarking on the demolition mission.
It however emerged later that the state government was working on the knowledge that the property had never been owned by the late Saraki, and that he only built Ile Arugbo on it on a temporary basis to house his philanthropic activities.