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Saraki, Kwara Govt settle out-of-court regarding Ile Arugbo property



The Kwara State Government, on Friday, January 24; agreed on an out-of-court-settlement on the disputed land with the family of the late Dr Olusola Saraki.

The state government’s action is in response; to an earlier letter from the Sarakis seeking an amicable out-court-settlement of the case.

Agents of the state government had on January 2 demolished some property (Ile Arugbo) at the Ilofa Road, GRA Ilorin of the late strongman of Kwara politics.

The Kwara Government alleged that the land was illegally acquired by the Saraki family; under the name Asa Investment Limited.

This has led to litigation between former Senate President Bukola Saraki and the state government.

At the last adjourned date, state High Court in Ilorin had urged parties to the dispute to explore out-of-court resolution of the case.

During the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, Counsel to Asa Investment Limited (Sarakis); AbdulAzeez Ibrahim informed the court that his clients had received a letter from the state Ministry of Justice; inviting them to a meeting slated for January 27th, 2020.
Ibrahim said: “On January 15th, your lordship conscientiously advised parties to explore settlement of the case out of court; in the interest of peace in this state of harmony.

“Consequent upon that we as counsel to the claimant had to persuade our client and after thorough discussions; our client instructed us to write a letter to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state of our readiness to meet with him.

“Consequently, this morning in this court, we were served with a letter dated January 23rd, 2020 from the Kwara State Ministry of Justice. In the letter, we are invited for a meeting slated for 27th January 2020.”

In his ruling, presiding Judge Abiodun Adebara said urged the parties to resolve the case amicably; before the next adjourned date.

“This court is particularly impressed by the parties for the steps taken to settle out of court; they are therefore enjoined to engage in meaningful discussions that will lead to the resolution of the case out of court. I will the parties well in their deliberation.

“With the concurrence of the learned counsel, this case is adjourned to March 2nd for the report of an out-of-court settlement.”

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