Villagers cry out over use of Obasanjo’s name to grab lands in Ogun

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By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—COMMUNITY leaders from Adekoyeni, Ajambata, Araromi Orita and Oluwanishola (a.k.a Abule Teacher) in Ogun State have cried out over alleged use of the name of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to seize land unjustly.

The leaders, in a petition to the Ogun State government and signed by National Secretary and General National Legal Director of the Movement for Islamic Right and Justice, MIRAJ, Segun Daud and Kazeem Adedeji, respectively, urged the state government to intervene in the matter.

MIRAJ alleged that the perpetrators claimed to be carrying out the orders of the former President thereby grabbing lands belonging to people in the areas.

The petition reads: “On Sunday, 31st July, 2016, at about 7:30 p.m, Some unknown thugs (10 boys and 2 ladies) sneaked into the boundary between Adekoyeni and Ajambata villages, with a Vanagon bus, with Lagos registration number: SMK 983 XR, to deposit a female corpse at the boundary of the villages.

“This was done purposely to set the villagers up but fortunately for the villagers, the thugs were cited at the point where the corpse was to be buried at the boundary. The villagers immediately challenged the thugs, two of who escaped while others were arrested through the assistance of Saver HighWay Police Officers, with their team leader known as Inspector Alade.

“Shockingly, the arrested thugs were released the following day and a further petition was written to the Commissioner of Police, AIG Zone 2, DIG Force Headquarters and Inspector-General of Police. The CP has assigned the case file to Homicide Section and five out of the culprits/thugs have been arrested, two were released on bail while three are currently in police net.

“It is a common practice among the land grabbers to create confusion in and around the community by depositing corpse at the villages or rob the villagers purposely to have their way into the communal land.

“Once this is done, they immediately contact their sponsored police officers within the area to raise false alarm, get the villagers arrested, detained them and further get remand order in perpetuity before the Magistrate Court which does not have jurisdiction on capital offence.

“The agents have turned the villages to their base, and it is beyond the power of the villagers to confront the land grabbers who have influential personality backing them.”

We’re investigating— Police

When contacted for his reaction, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said the Police command was aware and has begun investigation on it.

While calling for calm, he said “the command would ensure no criminal finds the State easy to operate.”

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