Land grabbing: No One Was Killed During Invasion of Our Community By Suspected Land Speculators, CDA Chairman Declares
Following the invassion of Oju Irin, Obada Oko, a community in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State by some miscreants suspected to be land grabbers with the aim of enforcing a Court Order, the Chairman of the CDA, Prince Oduniyi Adesile had denied the media report alleging deaths of some people during the imbrogilo.
Speaking to Journalists in Abeokuta, the Chairman, Mercyland Ijeja Oju Irin Community Development Association (CDA), Obada Oko, Prince Oduniyi Adesile said, “on Friday some land grabbers came into our community, thugh they were apprehended. They were asked about their mission and where they came from, but they cannot give satisfactory answer”.
Adesile said, nobody was neither injured nor killed during the invasion.
He pointed accusing finger to one Chief Mutairu Owoeye as the person behind their ordeal in the community.
“With the information the man provided, it was discovered that the information was false and their presence constitute security threat to the community, we tried to use our phones to video all what happened there to serve as evidence.
He said, they are “Ajagungbale”, claiming that they own all the lands that we occupy and they have come to enforce a judgment in their possession and as well take possessions of the land”
“We tried to explain to them that the judgement he claimed his client has does not affect our community, but they were not ready to listen. They even threatened to kill us if we refused to vacate the said land.
“It was clear that the judgement did not bound on 12 communities, which we are happen to be one of them”.
“We even advised them to approach a legal person to interprete the judgement for them, but all they had in mind was to fight everybody and scare us away”.
These people came on three motorcycles. When we arrested them, we sent away all the three motorcycles that brought them. So that they would not have easy escape after their evil operation”.
After interrogation, and when we asked them to go, one of them had to call for a motorcyclist to take him out of the community.
Unfortunately when the motorcyclist came, he met the “ajagungbale” that called him. He spoke into his ears. Though, we don’t know what they discussed.
After that, the next thing we could see was that he picked a stone and hit the stone on one of the ” ajagungbale” and the guy pretended to have died, but when the police came, he was taken away.
We were told that he would be taken to a hospital at Obada Oko, but when our people got there, he was not there. They said, he had been referred to Nuero Physciatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, but we got there, we were told that they did not see him”.
“I personally contacted Obada Oko Police station through phone call. I called the Station Officer, who told me that the matter was on record and he will report to the DCO. We went to the Police headquarters at Eleweran to lodge complain.
Adesile alleged that with the body language of the police, it seems that they are in support of the land grabbers, “because whenever we lodge complain, they use to back them”.
He said, the matter has been reported to the Palace of Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, who has set up a committee that will look into the matter.
The royal father has equally directed that Owoeye and his men should not disturb the community again.
Meanwhile, Ogun State House of Assembly has summoned Chief Mutairu Owoeye to appear before it on Friday, 27th August, 2021 in consideration of various petitions submitted to the Assembly against him on land grabbing activities.
The Assembly through a release signed by the Clerk of the House and Head of Legislative Service, Mr ‘Deji Adeyemo, said, his appearance before the Assembly was essential as non-compliance may attract the invocation of Section 129 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria (as amended).