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Ayefele’s Fresh FM: SERAP Accuse Ajimobi of Rascality

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has described the recent demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Fresh FM in Oyo State by Senator Abiola Ajimobi as ‘unlawful’. SERAP calls it a ‘grave violation of fundamental human rights and contrary to International Law.’

The Oyo State government on early Sunday morning stormed the building located along the Challenge area with bulldozers despite having a pending court sitting to stop the demolition on Monday 20th August, 2018.

SERAP issued a statement through its deputy Director Timothy Adewale;

“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 our democratic society that is based on the rule of law.”

The statement continues; “the destruction of a radio station on the grounds that the Oyo State government dislikes their work is 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.”

“It is the obligation of Oyo State government to ensure that Ayefele and everyone affected by this rascality is adequately compensated for the property of Fresh FM that has been demolished.

SERAP equally cited the position of the United Nations on the rights of individuals.

“Nigeria has also ratified the International Covenants Civil and Political Rights, which protects individuals from arbitrary and unlawful interference with the privacy, family, home or correspondence and guarantees everyone that right to the protection of the law against such interference or attack.”

“In its “Resolution and Forced Evictions”, the UN Commission on Human Rights affirmed that forced evictions constitute a gross violation of human rights. The term “forced eviction” is defined for the purposes of international law as the permanent or temporary removal against their will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without the provision of, and access to appropriate forms of legal or other protection.”

Credit: SERAP

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