Yinka Ayefele, a physically challenged musician, whose radio station, Fresh FM, was pulled down by agents of the Oyo state government on Thursday met with the state governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The meeting, it was learnt was convened at the instance of the state government and was the first since the Oyo state government pulled down Music House belonging to the musician.
A facebook post by one the governor’s aide Mr Bolaji Tunji said that the meeting was about the demolition of the building.
Bolaji Tunji said: “Yesterday, Thursday, August 23, Chairman of Fresh Fm, Mr Yinka Ayefele was in the office of the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
It was a reconciliation mission.
The Governor assured Ayefele he had nothing against him and was only interested in ensuring that the proper thing was done, that the laws of the state were followed, emphasizing that the responsibility of government is to preserve lives. He assured that the case would be looked into since the facts have been established that building laws were breached. Having accepted his apology, the Governor set up a committee comprising govt officials on one side, Ayefele and members of his team at the other side, to look into how the matter could be resolved. Traditional rulers, led by the Alaafin of Oyo who had a meeting with the governor around the same time also chipped in and pleaded on behalf of the popular crooner.”
The government had said, the building estimated at N800 million, according to Ayefele, violated the originally approved plan of the area.
Toye Arulogun, commissioner for information, had said that because it is “structurally defective (and) poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public”.
The action of the government had sparked outrage, with many accusing the governor of not being sympathetic to the plight of the musician who was confined to a wheelchair after an accident.
But Ajimobi defended his action in an interview with BBC Yoruba.
The governor said being physically challenged is not an excuse to break the law.
“Just like the house they said we demolished, that man didn’t obey the law, now. People are now saying because he’s physically challenged; so if one is physically challenged, then he should break the law?” Ajimobi had said.
“They said he employed people, are armed robbers not employers of labour too? Should we now say because armed robbers employ people, they should continue to rob and terrorise others?
“We shall pity them… But we have to obey the law.”