The state government had on Thursday made good its vow not to yield to pressure by the traditional institution in the ancient city to stop the demolition.
This it did when it extended the exercise to some houses, shops and make-shift places directly adjacent the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo.
Residents said no fewer than 10 houses were brought down on Thursday while a total of seven tombs were marked for exhumation.
As of close of work on Thursday, no fewer than four of the corpses had been exhumed while the remaining are awaiting action.
Things, however, took a dangerous dimension on Friday upon the return of two bulldozers to the same area, pulling down structures located close to the two shrines ant two sacred trees.
The names of the two shrines were given as that of “Ogun” and “Ejeye Oka Ere”, located within the premises of the Arowa of Ado Ekiti’s court.
Eye witnesses said when it dawned on residents of the area, especially the adherents of the deities, they began mounting resistance to ensure the they were not pulled down.
Armed security men were immediately drafted to the area, including the entrance to the palace of the Ewi, to prevent breakdown of law and order.
It was learnt that the protest eventually led to temporary suspension of work on the shrines, but four corpses had been exhumed and relocated as at the time of filing this reports.
A family of one of the corpses who spoke anonymously said the compensation which government claimed it paid did not touch on displacement of corpses or dismantling of shrines.
The state government had last month, said it had paid N400 million as compensation to people whose houses were demolished so far in the ongoing demolition exercise in the state, but was silent on those whose property were to be demolished newly
State Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Mr Tayelolu Otitoju, who made this known said that the exercise did not affect Ado Ekiti alone, and that more than 300 houses had so far been demolished under the exercise in Ado Ekiti, Ikere Ekiti, Efon Alaaye, Omuo Ekiti, Ise Ekiti, Emure Ekiti and Ijero Ekiti among other major towns.
He explained further that government embarked on the project to ease traffic congestion, adhere to urban policy expected of any civilized society among others,most especially Ado-Ekiti the state capital.
The Commissioner also declared that government would not compensate owners of demolished houses that were built on waterways and setbacks, noting that the recalcitrant property owners had treated several government notices of contravention with disdain.