‘Rescue us from land grabbers’

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Aug 29th, 2014
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Placard-carrying protesters stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday alleging harassment by land grabbers in Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State.

They urged the governor to come to their rescue and intervene in getting the police to release those arrested.

Some women claimed that their husbands were arrested.

The group’s spokesman, Dayo Adetunji accused a resident of using the police to terrorise them.

Adetunji said: “We have been living in the community for more than 10 years. We bought the land from Baiyeku indigenes. Suddenly, Igbogbo indigenes came and we paid them too. Later, another group came and we paid. Now, not up to two years, another group from the same family in Igbogbo has been bringing thugs to lay claim to the ownership of our land.”

He said: “We complained to the police, but rather than address our plight, three days ago, around 4 am, some masked policemen came to the area again to arrest four landlords.”

A woman whose husband was arrested, Nimotallah Sulaimon, said some policemen stormed their house early on August 26 and took her husband away while praying.

Another woman, Mrs. Folashade Oresanya, said her husband was arrested while he was starting his car, adding that she later discovered that three other landlords were also whisked away by the police.

Chairman, Committee on Information and Strategy, Segun Olulade, promised that the House would look into their petition.

“On behalf of Mr Speaker, other principal officials and my colleagues, I want to say that you have displayed the spirit of a good citizen by not taking laws into your hands and conducting yourselves peacefully despite the injustice,” he added.

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