lIt’s a lie; case transferred—Police
By Joseph Undu
LAGOS—There was palpable tension at Eredo community in Epe area of Lagos, weekend, following the arrest and detention of two pregnant women at the Epe Divisional Headquarters, allegedly on the orders of a land-grabber in the community.
The reason for the arrest was not immediately known, but an eyewitness said the women were being held after they reported a case of assault and battery against some hoodlums alleged to be working for the land-grabber in the community.
The case reportedly took a different dimension after the land-grabber sent his representatives to the police station to insist that the women be held until their husbands show up.
Vanguard learned that their husbands had earlier gone into hiding for fear of being killed by thugs alleged to be working for the said land-grabber.
According to sources, the women, identified as Mrs. Olumuyiwa Adejoke, 33, and Rita Sanni, 25, both at different stages of pregnancy, had gone to the police station to report a case of assault and battery by some hoodlums, allegedly working for the land-grabber.
However, their cases turned against them on the orders of the land-grabber.
The source added that the particular land-grabber had been locked in a face-off with members of the community over attempts to have his name on the original survey plan of the vast community land.
The source added that those opposed to his plans were being incessantly harassed with police.
It was gathered that most of the villagers had since fled the community for fear of the unknown.
However, contacted, Lagos State Police spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, stated that they were not detained.
He added that there was a report, which was later referred to the Area Command.