The Oyo state government has revealed its decision to rebuild the music house of musician, Yinka Ayefele, which was demolished earlier this year.
The government said the decision to help Ayefele rebuild his studio was informed by the musician appeal to the state government as well as his admittance of breach of procedures in the construction of the building.
The state government said this in a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji.
The statement read in part: “There is also the recession of the current façade on the frontage of the building by 2.9m. The new fence will be grill fence to ensure visibility, while a staircase will be built at the basement to access the studio.
“The structural elements in the building will also be strengthened, while the two projections at both ends (stair halls) of the current frontage will be retained.
“Following Mr Ayefele’s admittance of breach of procedures in the construction of the building and his subsequent apologies, as well as intervention of well-meaning members of the public, the governor agreed to temper justice with mercy.
“The governor’s approval on the reconciliation of the issue was communicated to Ayefele on October 19, 2018, where he also approved the assistance on the reconciliation agreed upon on compassionate grounds, as he earlier promised publicly.
“It is necessary to put it on records that the governor or the state government was not out to witch-hunt the popular musician or anybody, but had acted to safeguard members of the public who daily ply the roads contiguous to the Music House.”
It was earlier reported that Otunba Alao Akala, an ex-former governor of Oyo, blamed the demolition of part of Fresh FM structure, owned by Yinka Ayefele in Ibadan on a breach in communication between staff members of the media outfit and officials of the Oyo state government.
This was Akala’s stance during his response to questions from newsmen after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Tuesday, September 11.