By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS — Residents and property owners at Ilamose Estate in Oke-Afa, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos State, have called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to intervene in the ongoing land tussle between them and acclaimed land owners of the estate before it degenerates into a bloodbath.
The residents said the intervention of the governor had become necessary because some miscreants suspected to be employed by one of the acclaimed land owners, had laid siege to the more than 150 houses, following a purported Court of Appeal, Lagos, judgment, ceding the ownership of the land to him.
The residents said the trouble started on August 5, when judicial officials, accompanied by a lawyer, stormed Ilamose village with mobile policemen, putting all the houses on the disputed land under lock and key.
Addressing newsmen on the crisis, Chairman, Landlords’ Association, Ilamoshe Estate, Mr Val Iwuchukwu, who doubles as the lawyer to the residents, described the purported court order and the subsequent invasion and sealing of property in the area as “fraudulent and illegal.”
He said, “The Ojo family of Lagos bought farmland from the Odu Bada family of Ejigbo in 1921 and was actually registered as number 18 at page 18, volume 216 April 30, 1921 kept in Lagos Land Registry. The survey plan dated July 10, 1917 registered with the Deed of Conveyance suggests that substantial part of the land was actually acquired by Federal Government for the Airport and Samuel Ojo subsequently compensated.”