Popular musician Yinka Ayefele yesterday began the battle to save his Music House on a plot of land on Lagos-Ibadan bye-pass in Challenge area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, from demolition.
The government issued a three-day notice which lapsed yesterday for the demolition of the building, saying the property owner had allegedly ignored its requests for the owner to obey its notice.
The statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said the submitted building approval was meant for an office complex and not a radio station, thereby contravening the Oyo State Physical Planning and Development Control laws, sections 30, 31 and 32 of Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012.
Arulogun said it was discovered that apart from the change in the use of the building, spatial standards in setback, airspace and parking spaces were found to be grossly inadequate.
The commissioner recalled that a letter was sent to Music House on June 29 to submit a fresh building plan application that would reflect existing structures on site.
The government said Music House ignored its request for an application for a new building plan, having established, through an inspection, that the building violated its original plan.
The commissioner said the government had also received petitions arising from three fatal accidents that occurred around Music House in the last nine months.
In a statement from Ayefele yesterday, he described the state government’s claim on the demolition notice served against his building as a mere excuse to defend its hidden plan to pull down the property.