Residents of Ikorodu west LCDA, Ikota Estate, Eti-Osa, Ibeju Lekki development areas and other parts of Lagos State, have bemoaned the incursion of their communities by suspected land grabbers.
The protests/press release set up by Aare Oladotun Hassan at the federal radio corporation in Ikoyi on August 1st 2022, gave massive voice to inhabitants from the numerous communities across the state to air their plight on the lingering livelihood issue.
Aimed at calling the attention of the Lagos State Government for a proper and thorough investigation, the protest presented aggrieved selves with the medium to buttress their challenges, seeking an urgent inquiry by the authorities.
In his robust statement to media outlets, Aare Oladotun Hassan stated that Land Use Act is meant to protect residents and interests of the state, not to cause harm to innocent people, asserting that the commercialization of land by the government should not be at the liability of the community.
“These land grabbers now have corporate organisations and real estate firms working for/with them to make life difficult for the people by buying villages with no proper due diligence”
He continued, “People are now suffering due to infringement of their rights by land grabbers, that’s why we’re calling on the inspector general of police to step into this issue and put forward remedies to the agony of the masses”.
“The people should not be nudged to the embankment for them to protect themselves when we have a government and law to cater to such emergencies. The law is meant for man and not the other way round, so we’re urging the government to act fast to deter our society from swivelling into a banana republic”
Accentuating the litigation of Marokor residents who were evicted to Ikota Estate for over 30 years without compensation, Aare Oladotun further explained that the same people who’ve spent years trying to rebuild their lives are now vulnerable again to the guise of another threat by land grabbers to evacuate them from the town by razing houses.
Ikorodu News Network (INN), with sight set on dwellers from Ikorodu west LCDA who attended the protest, gathered that one Mrs Afusat Lawal from Alogba-Soyin community (G.R.A 2) in Ikorodu west LCDA is under duress from the same land grabbing predicament.
Claiming that one Alhaji Moshood Lawal has confiscated lands from a lot of residents stemming from 2011, Mrs Afusat explained that a letter has been prepared and given to her to evict her property in an unbeknownst duration.
She also alleged that there is a coordinated effort by fraudulent persons in the community and some standby personnel in Alausa to legitimise the illegal Acts which has made her cry for help useless, shouting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s intervention.
Mrs Afusat continued, “As we speak, they have already dug a well in front of my building, insisting they paid the sum of 13,000,000.00 (Thirteen million naira) to claim my property and that they’ve done all paper works in Abuja”.
“The information they gave to us is that our land belongs to Lagos State allottees, we’ve attempted to complain and submit our challenge to the administration, but when we got to Alausa, we were directed to a skin officer, who told us to come back home for verification. It seems there is a coordinated action by all deceitful parties involved to refute us our rights of possession”.
Our coordinator, Alhaji Moshood Lawal is operating concurrently with the Skin officer, Saheed Onipede. Mr Onipede left and presently another Mr Akinola who replaced Mr Onipede is helping them to make life unbearable for us” Mrs Afusat added
Corroborating Mrs Afusat’s assertion, another Mr Olayinka and others attending conveyed that the notable government allottee is falsified by the dishonest individuals, who’ve fabricated letters in Alausa to forcefully claim people’s belongings.
“This same land grabbing problem haunted Mr Ismaila Akewusola (Alpha Oyo) in our area, who later suffered a stroke as a result of the difficulty, he has since moved to his village because his property was sold for 8,000,000.00 (Eight million naira)”.
“Another ‘Baba Sunday’, died suddenly for fear that his property would be sold too. We need the government to come to our aid and adequately investigate this issue, we can no longer continue like this” they inferred