The Ekiti State chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Society (AMS), has accused former Governor Ayodele Fayose of grabbing its land to build a petrol station for his son.
The Ekiti State Chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in a massive protest held in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday described the action of the former governor’s action as an act of oppression to Muslims in the state.
Ahmadiyya explained the land located at Odo Atu in Atikankan area in the state capital was acquired in 1940 by the body during the reign of the late Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Anirare Aladesanmi.
President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Ekiti chapter, Mr. Alawode Bashirudeen, said the organisation built the first mosque on the land in the 1940s, which had been demolished.
Alawode said that the group was surprised during the regime of Fayose to see a new petrol station on the land.
“We went to the State Ministry of Lands and the General Manager of the Ekiti State Housing Corporation and complained, but they told us that the land had been acquired by the government.
“When we saw the structure springing up, we sent a petition to the police commissioner and he stopped the construction. We got to know that the governor acquired the land for his son.
“We have documents backing us as the original owners, so we appeal to the government to remove the structure and give us our land back, it belongs to us.
“We can only negotiate with the owner of this structure if they give us another land within this vicinity. And this should come with all necessary documents,” he added.
However, when contacted, the former governor’s aide, Lere Olayinka, said that no child of Fayose has any petrol station anywhere and that none benefited from his government.
“All actions of his government were within the ambit of the law and the records are there.“The issue in question was addressed with the Muslims while he was in office and the present government is at liberty to look into it if they have grievances,” he added.