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By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA- Two heads of Villages in Ogun state have cried out over alleged use of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s name to seize land unjustly at Adekoyeni, Ajambata, Araromi Orita and Oluwanishola (a.k.a Abule Teacher) villages.
The Villages’ heads 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, Barrister Segun Daud and Barr. Kazeem Adedeji respectively begged the State government for its intervention.
According to MIRAJ, the perpetrators claimed to be carrying out the orders of the former President and grabbed some people lands in the areas.
While giving background information to their plight, MIRAJ said, “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 Varagan Bus, Lagos colour yellow, with registration No: SMK 983 XR, to deposit a female corpse at the boundary of the villages.
“This was done purposely to set the villagers up and fortunately for the villagers, the thugs were sighted at the point where the corpse was to be buried at the boundary. The villagers immediately challenged the thugs and two out of them escaped while others were arrested through the assistance of Saver High Way Police Officers, with their Team Leader known as Inspector Alade.
“Shockingly, all 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 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 and even kill members of the villages, 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, detain them and further get remand order in perpetuity before the magistrate Court which does not have jurisdiction on capital offence.
“Defenselessly, the agents have turned the villages to their base, and it is beyond the power of the villagers to confront the land grabbers especially with aid and support of most influential personality within and outside Ogun State. The new trend of event is the use of soldiers to harass, humiliate and physically assault the village heads”.
MIRAJ, therefore, called on Ogun State Government to take a step, like Lagos State, by passing a law criminalising the conducts of land grabbing in the state .
When asked to react, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said the Police command was aware and has begun investigation on it.
He called for calm, saying, the command would ensure no criminal finds the State easy to operate.