Reactions Trail Demolition of Fresh FM

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Demolition of the private radio station of a popular musician, Mr. Yinka Ayefele by the Oyo state government has attracted mixed reactions from residents of Ogun state.

Many of those who reacted to the demolition of the private radio station described the development as unfortunate while some argued that the measure was inevitable if the said structure contravened the law.

Oyo state government had claimed that the building that housed the radio station contravened the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Laws of the state.

In a reaction, the Chairman, Committee for the defence of human rights, Comrade Yinka Folarin described the government’s action as insensitivity to the plights of the people.

A civil servant, Mr. George Abiodun said the step of Oyo state government would affect families whose means of livelihood depended on the station.

In another contribution, a legal practitioner, Mr. Oludotun Sotonode explained that state governments had the legal rights to demolish structures considered to have contravened the development plans after adequate notice had been served on the owners.

Other contributors observed that the demolition could have been averted in the interest of peace and to give the teeming listeners of the radio station the assurances that the government was responsive to their yearnings while others expressed the hope that the government would provide adequate compensation for the owner.

Segun Folarin

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