An advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to repair the partly demolished Music House belonging to wheelchair-bound juju musician, Yinka Ayefele, or be ready to face litigation.
The group said by repairing the demolished Music House, which housed Ayelefe’s radio station, Fresh FM, the governor would be showing “full respect for the safety and dignity of residents and owner of Fresh FM .”
In an open letter on Tuesday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the group condemned the demolition of the radio station, despite a subsisting restraining order.
It said, “By going ahead to demolish the Fresh FM building despite being served with the court papers in the case filed by the station, you implicitly obstructed access of the radio station and their owners to appropriate forms of legal protection, contrary to the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a state party and which is legally binding on the government of Oyo State.
“SERAP is seriously concerned that the Oyo State authorities carried out the demolition of Fresh FM building with wilful disregard for the dignity, health, and safety of residents and the owner, who is a person with disability.
The demolition of the radio station has now exposed residents to the elements and the public to the risk of complete collapse of the building.”
SERAP gave the Oyo State Government seven days to repair the building.