By Abdulrasheed Akogun
Succour may have finally come the way of land owners of the old kara market land in Kulende, Sango area of ilorin, if report emanating from the Bureau of Lands, Kwara State is anything to go by.
It would be recalled, there had been a tripartite land dispute between the original owners of the land which was taken over by the government for public use and in turn used as Kara market, Kwara State government and the new land owners who bought the land from the State government.
However, upon relocation of the market to its present site at Oke-Oyi, Kwara State government represented by the Bureau of Lands in collaboration with the Ilorin South Local government authority sold the land off rather than hand it over back to the original owners.
This development enraged the owners and they instituted a legal action which culminated in the eventual demolition of some properties sometimes in May this year, prominent among the affected property owners is Mallam Lukman Olayiwola Mustapha the Chairman of SOBI 101.9FM who also doubles as a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State among others.
Speaking with newsmen in ilorin, the Director General of Bureau of Lands in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Salman, said the state government will pay the last instalment; which is over N5.048 million, this week to the land owners.
Also, when contacted, the counsel to the customary land owners, Akin Akintoye I, said some of the allottees are complying.
“Some have made their payments while others have promised to pay up,” he said, adding that the lands of defaulters would be revoked.
Similarly, the Secretary of the old market, Amasa Solihu, disclosed that for those that have concluded their payment, an agreement form has been given to them to sign.
It would be recalled that scores of residents of the area were displaced in May after the land owners demolished some buildings following court order citing failure of the state government and landlords to meet the financial terms for the property.