Ogun Monarch Cries Out Over Invasion Of Communities By Suspected Landgrabbers - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Ogun Monarch Cries Out Over Invasion Of Communities By Suspected Landgrabbers

Olu Owode-Egba, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Olu Owode-Egba in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo has cried out over alleged invasion of eight of his communities by suspected land grabbers.

Oba Sowemimo made this known on Sunday while speaking with journalists, stressing that, the landgrabbers known to be influential are also fond of writing frivolous petition against the indigenes of the affected communities to put them in trouble with the police.

The royal father in company of some chiefs and residents of the communities which include; Malaka, Abule-Oba, Adejonrin, Omu Ajonire, Erufu Oke, Base, Sonde and Ate said the landgrabbers were in the process of sacking the villagers, and passionately called on the State Government to come to their aide.

The traditional ruler said, the latest plot of the landgrabbers was a petition written against five elders of the villages, which prompted the Ogun State Police Command inviting them for interrogation over fathom allegation of possessing guns.

The monarch said the Police invitation with reference number CR 3000/OGS/X/AO/VOL and dated January 15, 2020 asked the followings ’Sarafa Sunday, Segun Adelani, Ganiyu Fidimaye, Taofeek Sanusi and Samson Oyede to report to the police headquarters on Wednesday.

The invitation letter signed by, Wale Abass, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department stated, ‘this office is investigating a case which your name featured prominently’

‘In view of this, therefore you are kindly invited to report to the office of the undersigned through O/C SEC.DC CID on 22nd January, 2020 by 10.00am. Accept the assurances of the Command’s best regards, please’, the invitation which did not give details of reason for the invitation said,

The invitees while narrating their individual experiences alleged one of the indigenes of  Malaki village, who was simply identified as Jamiu as the arrowhead of their plights, having connived with the landgrabbers allegedly led by one of them called Talonile from outside to take over number of hectares of land in the said communities.

The victims said they had reported the ugly development to the traditional ruler of the town, who in response secured audience with the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who had promised to look into the issue as at the time of filing this report.

Narrating his ordeal, a resident in one of the villages, Segun Adelani recalled that, their plights with the landgrabbers started some years ago, when some of the indigenes were arrested by police from Panti police station in Lagos.

Corroborating the statement, Sarafa Sunday added that before the latest invitation, some of them had been detained at Eleweran and Panti police station in Abeokuta and Lagos respectively.

Similarly, Samson Oyede said the problem to hijack the villages by the landgrabbers started 2011, when Jamiu connived with the bandits to forcefully take over the communities founded by their great fathers of blessed memory.

In the same vein, 80 year old victim of the brutality of the alleged land speculators, Ganiyu Fidimaye said the bandits had being thorn in the flesh of the communities, and had sacked some of the communities, using guns and other dangerous weapons, adding that at a point they were taken to police headquarters in Abuja.

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