Peace talks over the revocation and demolition of the Sarakis’ Ile Arugbo in Ilorin, Kwara State, have failed, and date has been fixed to commence hearing on the matter.
Counsel to the Sarakis, Mr Abdulrazeez Ibrahim and the state attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Salman Jawondo, who is representing the Kwara State government, told a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Monday that the peace parley had collapsed.
Ibrahim told the court that the peace talks collapsed over irreconcilable differences on the terms of amicable settlement of the dispute.
He said his client’s terms of settlement included “the reversal of the revocation order placed on the disputed land, reconstruction of the partially demolished structures on the land and offering of an apology to the aged women that were harassed on the night the structures were pulled down.”
He said the state government insisted that the revocation order placed on the disputed land would not be removed.
Ibrahim, however, expressed the readiness of his client to forgo the second and third demands in the interest of peace.
Counsel for the state government, Jawondo, said since the claimants have insisted that their demand for the reversal of the revocation order placed on the disputed land was not negotiable, the matter could not be settled.
After listening to the argument and counter arguments by the counsel for the claimants and the defendants, Justice Adebara said since the two parties have not been able to reach an amicable resolution of the dispute, the suit ought to continue and “it’s in this regard that the court will grant an adjournment for hearing.”
The matter was adjourned to March 25, 2020 for hearing.