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Land tussle: Family alleges police harrassment

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By Abdulwahab Abdullah

The family of Oduwole of Ishashi, Ibeshe, Ikorodu area of Lagos state has challenged one Mr Bashiru Olaide, who claimed to be the owner of a parcel of land at Megun village, which has become a subject of litigation in recent times.

In a counter claim filed in a suit pending before an Ikorodu High Court, the Oduwole family led by Mr Tabura Anifowoshe and Mrs Bola Kalejaye, said any other person laying claim to the land in dispute outside Oduwole descendant family “is a land speculator.”

Mr Bashiru Olaide, had dragged some members of the family to court challenging their authority and claim over the said large expanse of land measuring about 66.436 acres situated in Megun village and Ishashi in Ikorodu, which he claimed to be its own.

The controversies surrounding the land, according to Oduwole family had allegedly caused them lots of harassment, intimidation, threat to their life and use of police by the claimant to scare them away from their father’s land.

However, in an interview with the Olubeshe, Oba Abayomi Ogunsanya, said there has never been any dispute over land tussle in the community in recent times.

According to him, though there are some disagreements over land matters, but it never degenerated to a serious fisticuff, except court actions.

In their 66-paragraphs counter claim to the suit by Mr Olaide, the Oduwole family prayed the court to declare that they are the persons entitled to the customary right of occupancy over the land situated at Megun Village, Ashashi, Ibeshe via Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos.

They also prayed the court to declare that they are the persons entitled to exercise acts of ownership and absolute control of the land and that the alleged “forcible entry of the claimant into counter claimants’ said land and purported erection of fence thereon were wrongful and illegal.”

The family also wants the court to declare that issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy dated October 5, 2011 in favour of the claimant with respect to the disputed land was wrongful, illegal and fraudulent.

Hence, they are urging the court to set aside the purported purchase of the land, and the C of O dated October 5, 2011 at land registry, Alausa, Ikeja in favour of the claimant, as well as N1 million general damages for alleged trespass on the land.

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