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Ile Arugbo: Peace Commission raises 5-member c’ttee to meet Saraki, Gov Abdulrazq

…as hearing continues, today

By Mumini AbdulKareem

The Peace Committee set up to intervene on the lingering feud between Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and immediate past Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki over the demolition of Ile Arugbo has finally set up a five man committee to interface with the two leaders over the matter National Pilot learnt last night.

The schedule of the new ad-hoc committee and its plans to meet both Saraki and the Governor were still sketchy on Sunday.

A 19-man committee was set up at the height of the confrontation between Saraki and the Governor over the highly contentious issue which had also reportedly attracted the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of State for Works and Transport, Gbemisola Saraki who had earlier attacked the Governor over the demolition was visibly displeased while inspecting the remains of the facility during her recent visit to the state.

Speaking on the issue last night, a source who was privy to the development who confided in this reporter the chairman of the Peace Committee and former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Abdulkadir Orire will lead to five member committee to see both leaders.

The list also include the new President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union (IEDPU) who is a former Director of DSS, Alhaji Otta Aliyu-Uthman, former Commissioner of Education and onetime chairman of Ilorin East, Hajia Halimat Yusuf and two others whose name could not be ascertained last night.

“The elders committee have raised a five man committee to meet with Saraki and Governor in continuation of the reconciliation talks.

“Those to interface with the two leaders include the former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Abdulkadir Orire (retd.), the new President of Ilorin Descendant Progressives Union (IEDPU), Alhaji Otta Aliyu-Uthman, former Commissioner of Education and onetime chairman of Ilorin East, Hajia Halimat Yusuf among others.

“They will subsequently intervene with the Governor and former Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki towards reaching amicable resolution of the issue” adding that the choice of members of the committee may have been informed on the need to “depoliticise” the negotiations.

Effort to get a member of the committee to speak on the development was not successful as the IEDPU president did not answer telephone call of this reporter last night.

Meanwhile, hearing on the will continue today at the State High Court under Justice Abiodun Adebara.

The court in January has called on both parties to explore out-of-court settlement over the development before the next adjournment date on March 2, 2020.

Counsel to Saraki and Asa Investment on the matter, Bar Ibrahim AbduAziz who confirmed that the case will be coming up Monday (today) told this medium on telephone that the two parties are yet to reach any agreement over the issue.

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