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Ile Arugbo: Kwara govt, Saraki agree to settle out of court

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Kwara state Government has agreed an out-of-court-settlement on the disputed land between its and the late Dr Olusola Saraki’s family.

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

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

The state government claimed that the parcel of land was illegally acquired by the Sarakis 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.

At 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.

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Said Ibrahim: “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. And we served the 20th January, 2020.

“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.

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