The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Thursday, met with the owner of Fresh FM, Yinka Ayefele, over Sunday morning’s demolition of the Music House housing the radio station.
The building, sited along Challenge-Toll Gate expressway, was partly demolished by the state government over contravention of the state’s physical planning rule and the inability of Ayefele to provide the relevant documents when asked to do so.
Oyo government’s move against Music House provoked outrage and condemnations across the country.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Governor’s office on Thursday, was attended by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111; state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun; Special Adviser on Efficiency to the state governor, Dr. Isaac Ayandele; Tegbe; Director, Corporate Affairs of Yinka Ayefele Nigeria Limited, Mr David Ajiboye and Mr. Isaac Brown.
The governor immediately after the meeting by setting up a panel to look into the demolition.
He clarified that the demolition was neither a witch-hunt nor politically motivated, insisting that it was due to the contravention of the state’s property laws.
Ajimobi described Ayefele as a good man and a responsible citizen, stressing that the next step was to find a compassionate means of resolving the issue.
He also urged Ayefele to ensure that his radio station embraced ethical reportage of the issue.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, also pleaded with Governor Ajimobi to resolve the impasse.
Earlier, Ayefele had stated that his office responded to all the letters forwarded to it by the state government.
He expressed regrets at not being able to see the governor, adding that the emissaries he sent failed to deliver his messages.
Ayefele stated that he remained a law-abiding citizen who was ready to comply with the regulations of the state government.