By Ebun Sessou
Lagos — Indigenes of Olokonla, in Orebiyi Village Area of Lekki, Lagos State, led by the Head of the family, Chief Ajani Oyekunle, have called on the state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to carry out what they termed an immediate investigation into the alleged heinous activities of the state’s Secretary, Lands Bureau, in a case of alleged unauthorised seizure and unlawful demolition of landed property.
Chief Oyekunle in a statement said that members of the community woke up to see the Permanent Secretary, accompanied by over 50 heavily armed police personnel whom were headed by a Chief Superintendent of Police, who is in charge of the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja, shooting sporadically, leading to the injuring of over 15 people and destruction of property.
According to the family head, “The government has no right to take property from the indigenes without proper compensation, and or without an order from a competent court of record.”
Chief Oyekunle added that, “The government cannot take property from the indigenes and same being resold by to private individuals.
“Governor Ambode should take note that the office of the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers, Alausa, Ikeja is being used for other unauthorised seizure and unlawful demolition of landed property.
“How then could land owners become land grabbers in their own land? We therefore, call on the state governor to intervene in the development so as to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order.”
Meanwhile, according to a petition by the property owner, Mr Osiobe Augustine, and a retired commissioner of police, Mr Nathan Lakobbo, addressed to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2, Lagos, It also stated that the action amounts to harassment, intimidation, and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace and threat to life of the citizenry of Orebiyi Village, Olokunla Area of Lagos State.