Music House: Ayefele Pays ‘Thank You’ Visit To Ajimobi

 

Popular music producer and owner of Fresh FM, Mr Yinka Ayefele, has expressed gratitude to the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for assisting in rebuilding his music house.

Ayefele, who led top management of the radio station on what he called a `thank you’ visit to the governor, in his office on Wednesday, noted that the gesture brought joy back to his life.

The frontage of the building housing the radio station had been partially demolished by the state’s Physical and Urban Development Control in August 2018 for contravening physical planning and urban development laws.

The agency had justified its action on the initial refusal of the management of the building to rectify the infractions and its insistence on safeguarding lives and property of residents and commuters plying the area.

But following pleas by Ayefele, well-meaning Nigerians and the readiness of the management of the music house to comply with the restructuring model proposed by the agency, the matter was resolved with the intervention of the governor.

Read Also: Fresh FM’s Music House Contravenes Planning Laws, Oyo Govt Explains

Aiyefele, who described Ajimobi as a listening father and good leader, said he had learnt lessons from the whole saga and appreciated the need for mutual understanding and cooperation between the government and citizens.

He said: “I have come here with my management team to say a big thank you to our father (Ajimobi), a good leader and someone who I will boldly describe as a good example to this generation for his large heart.

“I also want to thank all the people working with the governor, especially the committee that worked with our own management committee on the remodelling and reconstruction of the Music House for their exemplary conduct.

“God has wiped away my sorrow through you (governor). You have helped me personally in this matter, because I have been down, emotionally since the partial demolition of the building. I have learnt lessons from the incident. Now, the building has become a better edifice.

“On behalf of my family, my staff and all the good people that expressed concern when the incident occurred, I hereby express my profound gratitude to the governor for the kind gesture.”

As a mark of appreciation, Ayefele later presented a sketched portrait of the governor to him, while Ajimobi in turn, commended the musician for the bold step.

 

Speaking further, Ajimobi, noted that institutions and citizens must not forget the lessons in the whole matter.

He said, “It is the grace and mercy of God that have made it possible for us to be where we are today; to be able to contribute to the society. I must first admit that my brother, Aiyefele, has contributed and he is still contributing immensely to the society.

“As government, it is our duty to promote and enhance the safety, security and socio-economic interests of the citizens. As a government, these we have been doing since 2011. We have been promoting peace, security and the rule of law.

“I am glad at your initiative to come here to express gratitude; even the initiative you took initially, to come and discuss with the government when our agency insisted that the rules guiding the urban and physical development must be adhered to.

“We agreed on a damage control because laws had been broken already. It is gratifying that you came and agreed that you would comply with the laws. I must say that you played a major role as a good citizen to ensure that government’s goals and objectives were protected.

“The Music House is no longer a death trap now. Those within the neighbourhood and commuters are no longer being obstructed from the traffic situation on adjoining roads. Those cursing me then, where are they now that we have corrected the contraventions?

“Citizens should know that government is for them and will always support them. But in doing this, they should also be prepared to obey the laws of the land because nobody is above the law.”

The governor prayed for the continuous success of Ayefele while also admonishing the media to guard against sensationalism and to be objective and factual by always establishing the veracity of their stories before publishing them.

Ayefele, Ajimobi Meet Over Music House Demolition

 

The Oyo State Governor on Thursday met with Musician, Yinka Ayefele, over the demolition of his Music House in the state.

At the meeting which lasted nearly four hours at the governor’s office, Ajimobi maintained that the building had flouted the state government’s Land Use Act.

He, however, stated that the Rule of Law would be tempered with compassion to end the crisis.

Read Also: Court Adjourns Case On Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House Till Sept 12

Ayefele on the other hand, regretted that he had not made a move to see the governor himself earlier, instead of sending emissaries.

He, however, assured the governor that his architect was already working on the building plan to correct all the lapses highlighted by government.

Also present at the meeting was traditional ruler, the Alaafin of Oyo (Oba) Lamidi Adeyemi, who also appealed to Ajimobi to handle the matter with compassion.

After the meeting, a committee set up by the government sat with Ayefele’s team to to find solutions to the matter.

Demolition Is What We Get For Being Honest – Fresh FM

 

A radio station owned by a musical maestro, Yinka Ayefele, believes the demolition of a part of its building by the Oyo State government is a result of its honesty.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, said this on Wednesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

READ ALSO: We Have A Problem With Music House, Not Fresh FM – Oyo Govt

“To cut the long story short, this is what we got from just being professional; from just having what the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code called ‘straight dealing’ – which has to do with honesty and integrity,” he said.

Mr Akindele wondered why the government could have carried out the action, claiming it had been coming to the media outfit for campaigns and programmes, service he said they offered at no cost in some cases.

He also faulted the government’s action, saying that there had been some interactions between the management of Fresh FM and relevant government agencies in the state before the incident took place.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Lagos on August 22, 2018.

 

Giving an insight into the demolition, the journalist said, “On Monday last week, we got a three-day demolition notice and that was to lapse on Wednesday.

“So, we were left with no choice than to begin to ask questions but before answers could be acquired, the demolition team came in the wee hours of Sunday and they did what they said they were coming to do.”

Akindele said the radio station had approached a court to stop the demolition from taking place and the court gave an injunction and ordered that the defendant should be served.

He argued that the injunction notice was served on the government through a courier agency while a signed copy was sent to them.

The Head of News claimed that some armed security operatives at the scene of the incident chased fleeing staff of the radio station back into the building while the demolition was ongoing.

He said the employees, however, forced their way out of the building through the office of their chairman.

The demolition of Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan was condemned by individuals and groups such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

BON Condemns Demolition Of Yinka Ayefele’s Radio Station

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has condemned “in no uncertain terms” the demolition of Fresh FM105.9 by the Oyo State Government.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr John Momoh (OON), on Wednesday, BON said the station was pulled down and journalists thrown into the job market notwithstanding the fact that a case of alleged breach of the Oyo State Town Planning was before a court of competent jurisdiction.

“As an umbrella body of broadcast stations in the country, we find this action not only oppressive and high handed but a demonstration of flagrant muzzling of the media and press freedom which must be condemned by all civilized minds,” the statement read in part.

The partial demolition of the station, which is owned by music artiste Yinka Ayefele, on Sunday has been widely criticised.

The management of the station has also rejected the claim of the state government that the building contravened state laws.

In its reaction to the demolition, BON declared support for Mr Ayefele and called on the media in Nigeria and globally as well as all people of goodwill to condemn the action of the Oyo State government.

“BON stands with the Management and staff of Fresh FM and will support the proprietor of the station, Mr. Yinka Ayefele in demanding compensation from the State Government through any legitimate means necessary,” it said.

“The era of reckless assault on the media, especially by a democratically elected government is over and must be resisted wherever it rears its head.”

Read BON’s full statement below:

BROADCASTING ORGANISATIONS OF NIGERIA (BON) CONDEMNS THE DEMOLITION OF YINKA AYEFELE. RADIO STATION.
Abuja, 22nd August 2018

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) condemns in no uncertain terms the demolition of Fresh FM105.9 by the government of Oyo State.

The station was pulled down and journalists thrown into the job market notwithstanding the fact that a case of alleged breach of the Oyo State Town Planning was before a court of competent jurisdiction.

As an umbrella body of broadcast stations in the country, we find this action not only oppressive and high handed but a demonstration of flagrant muzzling of the media and press freedom which must be condemned by all civilized minds. We ask the media in Nigeria, our international counterparts and all people of goodwill to stand and condemn the action of the government of Oyo State.

BON stands with the Management and staff of Fresh FM and will support the proprietor of the station, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, in demanding compensation from the State Government through any legitimate means necessary.

The era of reckless assault on the media, especially by a democratically elected government is over and must be resisted wherever it rears its head.

Mr. John Momoh (OON)
Chairman
Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON)

Oyo Govt, Fresh FM Disagree Over Music House Demolition

 

The Oyo State Government and the management of Fresh FM have disagreed over the demolition of the Music House owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele.

Both sides were represented by their officials on Wednesday in an interview on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast show on Channels Television.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Toye Arulogun, explained that the structure was demolished because it was erected against the laws of the state.

He said, “Whether it’s a canteen there or whatever, that structure will still be wrong. It would still have contravened the law, so it doesn’t have anything to do with Fresh FM.”

We Have A Problem With Music House, Not Fresh FM – Oyo Govt
Commissioner for Information in Oyo State, Mr Toye Arulogun, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Lagos on August 22, 2018.

Mr Arulogun also faulted reports that the government demolished the structure because it had issues with the radio station.

He argued that the matter was strictly official, stressing that the government had given the media outfit enough time to respond to the concerns it raised about building other structures beyond what it approved.

“There is a building contravention, there is a planning contravention, and the government gave you ample time since 2017 when this engagement started,” the commissioner said. “That land has been encroached upon.”

“The size of the land that was given to Music House is not what they are operating on. The building size measured 29.7m by 21.6m on the ground, as against 11.925m by 10.20m in the survey plan submitted by Music House. So, there is a contravention,” he disclosed.

But the Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, believes the demolition was carried out because the radio station was performing its constitutional responsibility efficiently.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Lagos on August 22, 2018.

He alleged that while the exercise was ongoing, security operatives chased back fleeing staff of the radio station into the building, as they had to escape through an office.

The journalist said, “This is what we got from just being professional, from just having what the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code called ‘straight dealing’ – which has to do with honesty and integrity.”

Although there had been some interactions between both sides, Mr Akindele stressed that the time given to them by the government was short.

He added that the radio station had approached a court to stop the demolition as soon as it got the notice, but the government went ahead.

According to him, they got “A three-day demolition notice and that was to lapse on Wednesday (last week).”

“We were left with no choice than to begin to ask questions but before answers could be acquired, the demolition team came in the wee hours of Sunday and they did what they said they were coming to do.”

The demolition of Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan has sparked a widespread criticism from individuals and groups, as well as human rights organisations such as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

Court Adjourns Case On Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House Till Sept 12

 

 

The Oyo State High Court has adjourned the case instituted by Yinka Ayefele against the Oyo State Government till September 12 for the hearing of applications.

At the hearing of the case on Monday, Justice Iyabo Yerima also asked the parties to file the necessary processes before the adjourned date.

Lead counsel to the State Government in the case, Mr Yomi Alliyu, had, however, claimed that his clients were not aware of and in fact were shocked at the news of the demolition of the claimant’s Music House.

He said, “My clients are men of honour that respect rule of law and constituted authority and would have no reason to demolish the said property”.

Also, Alliyu had earlier stated that his clients were not served with court processes but later admitted to being served when the presiding judge showed him evidence of actual service on the first and second respondents.

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He also noted that he had not personally seen the demolished building adding that the pictures on social media could have been doctored.

Subsequently, he urged the court to adjourn the case until the claimant was able to file an ex parte motion and serve his clients.

He added that filing motion on notice and letter of urgency alone by the claimant was not enough.

The claimant’s counsel, Mr Olayinka Bolanle, on the other hand, told the court that the respondents had gone ahead to demolish the structure despite the suit filed to restrain them from executing the demolition notice on the property.

“After the defendants had become aware of these proceedings, it is sad and unbelievable my lord, that the defendants in the wee hours of Sunday (August 19) went to the property in dispute and demolished it,” Bolanle said.

He then urged the court to stop the defendants from further demolition of the rest of the structure pending the determination of the suit.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned.

PDP Condemns Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House

PDP Condemns Demolition Of Ayefele's Music House

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of a building belonging to musical maestro, Yinka Ayefele, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led state government of carrying out the demolition.

Although the government has denied any link to the action, the opposition party described the demolition as a horrifying and wicked act despite an order of the court restraining such from taking place.

According to the party, the pulling down of the structure which is said to worth N800million and houses Ayefele’s Fresh FM and his recording studio speaks volume of the insensitivity of the perpetrators.

The statement read, “The PDP notes that Ayefele’s building was demolished for allegedly singing songs considered to be against the interest of the APC, even when our Constitution allows all citizens right to free speech, freedom of opinion and association within the ambit of the law.

“The PDP alerts Nigerians of a dangerous trend whereby the current clampdown on the media is now being extended to other public opinion moulders, including musicians and perhaps actors.”

The party, therefore, called on Nigerians and various groups to condemn what it described as an “emerging assault on free citizens for no just cause.”

“Nigerians must, at all time, be free to hold and canvass opinion, politically associate and aspire, as long as their actions are within the ambits of our laws,” it added.

PHOTOS: Oyo Govt Demolishes Fresh FM Building In Ibadan

Hundreds of residents on Sunday protested after the demolition of a private radio station located at the Music House, Ibadan, Oyo State by the state government.

The radio station owned by a popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday morning, a situation which led to a protest by many residents who blocked the expressway located in Challenge area.

The Oyo State Government, however, noted that the demolition was carried out because the building contravenes Town Planning laws.

According to the state government, the contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017.

See photos of the demolition and protest by Ibadan residents below…

 

SERAP Condemns Demolition Of Ayefele’s Fresh FM Building

 

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the demolition of Fresh FM building, owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele.

In a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP described the demolition as unlawful and a “grave violation of fundamental human rights and contrary to international law.”

The Organisation (SERAP) also said that the action was politically motivated adding that it will be challenged in court.

It, however, insisted that the Oyo State Government should ensure appropriate repairs of the building and adequate compensation.

Adewale said, “This is a gross abuse of powers by the Oyo State government and governor Ajimobi against a radio station simply doing their job. The action is politically motivated, patently arbitrary and entirely inconsistent with international human rights standards and national laws.

“The action amounts to executive rascality and seriously undermines the integrity and authority of our courts. This kind of action has no place in a democratic society that is based on the rule of law.

“The action amounts to executive rascality and seriously undermines the integrity and authority of our courts. This kind of action has no place in a democratic society that is based on the rule of law.

“The destruction of a radio station on the grounds that the Oyo state government dislikes their work is a textbook case of repression of media freedom and violation of the right to adequate housing.

“The authorities must immediately stop the demolition, ensure appropriate repairs of the building and adequate compensation, and guarantee of non-repetition.

“SERAP will challenge this violent and reckless destruction of Ayefele’s Fresh FM in court,” the statement read in part.

Read Also: Residents Protest As Oyo Govt Demolishes Fresh FM Building

Fresh FM’s Music House Contravenes Planning Laws, Oyo Govt Explains

Government bulldozers arrived at the Music House in the early hours of Sunday to commence the demolition.

According to SERAP, the government went ahead with the process despite a court order to stop the demolition.

SERAP further explained that Ayefele had sued the Oyo State government, and the court had ruled that “there were serious issues to be determined” and therefore, adjourned the case to August 20, noting that the state government had been duly served.

Fresh FM’s Music House Contravenes Planning Laws, Oyo Govt Explains

The Oyo State Government has explained that the demolition of a private radio located in Ibadan, the state capital, was not based on sentiments.

The radio station owned by the popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday, a situation which led to protest by residents of Ibadan.

The state government said a notice was earlier served to Music House, Fresh FM 105.9, adding that the contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017, including all radio stations in the state.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, disclosed that the contravention notices were served after the government observed that property owners were deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking approvals from the Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control.

“The decision of the state government to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Music House, Fresh FM as several companies and institutions such as University of Ibadan, Kola Daisi University, University College Hospital, banks and radio stations in the state were asked to provide their Planning approval.

“The government recently demolished several banks ATM extension and some local government structures in the state,” the statement read in part.

Arulogun said the Music House building approval submitted to the state government was actually meant for an office complex and not a radio station.

According to him, this contravenes the Oyo State Physical Planning and Development Control laws, sections 30, 31 and 32 of the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012.

The Commissioner said another letter was sent to Music House on  June 29, 2018, to submit a fresh building plan application that will reflect the existing structures on site. This, he said, the radio house ignored as the state government received no response end till date.

He said that the deviant posture of the radio station prompted the Bureau to serve a three-day Demolition Notice on August 13, 2018, which expired on the August 15, 2018.

Arulogun said further that the government had received petitions after three fatal accidents occurred around Music House in the last nine months.

According to him, the petitioners urged the government to look at the physical structure of the organisation in relation to the dual carriageway which easily leads to accidents.

Residents Protest As Oyo Govt Demolishes Fresh FM Building

Hundreds of residents on Sunday trooped out in protest after the demolition of a private radio station located at Music House, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The radio station owned by a popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Oyo State Government said the demolition was carried out because the building contravenes Town Planning laws.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that bulldozers were seen at the Music House as early as 5:00 a.m. to commence the demolition.

The protesters expressed displeasure describing the demolition as a needless act. According to them, the radio station has made an impact on the people and the Music House has created jobs for many.

The angry protesters blocked the expressway in front of the radio station located in Challenge area. The vehicular movement to and fro the Ibadan toll gate end of the road was also obstructed by the protesters.

 

Protesters at the scene of the demolished section of the radio station on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

 

The Oyo State Government had earlier explained that the demolition notice to Music House, Fresh F.M. 105.9, Ibadan was not based on sentiments.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun in a statement on Wednesday said contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017.

Ayefele Records Releases L.A Flexy’s Single, Living

FlexyAyefele Records has finally released the much hyped single by its first signee, L.A Flexy (Laolu Ayefele).

The singles, according to the CEO of the Record label, Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON will be promoted widely across Africa, America and Europe before the video is released in July.

The single featured Oga jojo and produced was by MC.

L.A Flexy is a song writer, producer, trained sound engineer and is also the younger brother of popular Gospel Tungba musician Dr Yinka Ayefele (MON).