Nigerian music producer and gospel singer Yinka Ayefele’s radio station Fresh FM in Ibadan is currently undergoing demolition after the Oyo State government served the media house a notice to remove the structure from the location.
The state government had, last week, issued a demolition notice, which the legendary musician and broadcaster said was politically motivated.
The notice which was addressed to Ayefele read,
“Having failed to comply with the earlier stop work/quit/ contravention notice (s) served on your development or as your structure is found to be structurally defective/poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public, you are hereby ordered to vacate the site and remove the structure thereon within three days, failure of which the government shall effect the removal and commence legal action against you in accordance with Section 43 of the law.”
Reacting to the notice through his publicist, David Ajiboye; Ayefele said:
“We don’t see it as a threat; instead we see it as a challenge because the planned demolition of the music house is politically motivated.
When the governor visited the studio in 2016, he said people told him to demolish the building because Ayefele was not in his camp. The building was approved in June 2008 as a business premise; that is over 10 years ago,” he said.
The demolition exercise, According to PREMIUM TIMES gathered, began a few minutes past 6’o clock in the early hours of Sunday.
The location of the station has been a subject of controversy in recent times, with the management of the station and the Oyo State Government locked in a war of words. The government had warned that it would take down the building.
Yinka Ayefele reacting to the demolition exercise took to his instagram page and wrote with caption:
Oyo state government did at last…..my pain my sweat..so help me God.