The family of the late Senator Olusola Saraki has approached the Kwara State Government for an amicable resolution of the dispute stemming from the demolition of their patriarch’s Ile Arugbo in Ilorin.
The Kwara State Government had on January 2 demolished Ile Arugbo, said to have been built by the late Saraki on a land portion said to be originally meant for the building of the Kwara State Government Secretariat.
The government said it could not find any record to show that the land belonged to Asa Investment Limited, the firm claimed to have been used by the late Saraki to acquire the property.
Displeased with the government’s action, the Saraki’s family, through Asa Investment Limited, had dragged the state to court. However, the family, through the firm, has now approached the state government for an out-of-court settlement of the case.
Counsel for Asa Investment Limited, through whom the suit was filed, A.A. Ibraheem & Co, wrote a January 20, 2020 letter to the Kwara State Attorney General, Salman Jawondo, to disclose its client’s willingness for an amicable resolution of the case.
In the letter, a copy of which was sighted by Punch, the law firm said its client’s decision followed the advice by the judge hearing the lawsuit.
It said, “Pursuant to the advice and directive of the court on the above matter, that parties should explore settlement, our client has directed us to notify you of its disposition to explore settlement with a view to resolving the outstanding dispute between the parties in respect of the subject matter in contention.
“Consequently, we hereby request that you should use your good office to, as the Chief Law Officer of the state, make the necessary arrangement as to the time and venue where parties can meet and discuss.”