Former Vice President and presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the demolition of Ayefele radio station in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The Music House, which houses the musician’s popular radio station, Fresh FM, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday.
In a statement released yesterday, Atiku said:
“The reports of the demolition of a radio station in Oyo fills me with a deep sadness. Press freedom is sacrosanct. It’s equally saddening that at a time when jobs are badly needed, a radio station which was providing jobs is needlessly demolished.”
The location of the building has generated controversies in recent weeks, with the Oyo State Government alleging that it 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.”
Toye Arulogun, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, said the state government had also received petitions detailing about three accidents that took place around the building.
The government had served the management of the building a notice of demolition which expired August 15.
On Sunday, the demolition exercise began around 6 a.m., according to residents of the area. A staff and presenter of the radio station also confirmed the development to this newspaper.
The station, which went off air shortly after the demolition exercise began, soon came back on air.
The Music House is said to be valued at N800 million