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Land Grabbers’ Menace: Odo-Onosa Families Flee Home

Posted: May 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

– Call On Lagos Gov, IG To Intervene

The Odo-Onosa Community in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area of Lagos State have cried out to the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to save them from the agonies they suffer daily in the hands of land-grabbers, also known as Ajagungbales.

The members of the community, who have since abandoned their homes, also want the Inspector-General of Police to look into the role being played by some police officers whom, they claimed, have been working in cahoots with the Ajagungbales.

They have abandoned their homes for fear of the Ajagungbales who have made life miserable for them since 2007.

According to Baale of Orile Odo-Onosa, Chief Jimoh Adelaja Balogun, who spoke on behalf of the six ruling houses of the Odo-Onosa royal family, the Ajagungbales first came to their community “as agents to discuss land sales and when an agreement could not be reached they left only to come back later, armed with dangerous weapons, under the guise of being security men sent to come and secure our lands; when we asked who wanted to steal our lands from us, they turned against us, threatening to main, kill, and destroy us if we did not vacate our inherited property.”

Chief Balogun continued: “Since then, most of us have been in exile, unable to access our farms or landed property, let alone know what has happened to them.

“Our economic trees have been destroyed, our children have been brutalized, our homes taken over, and our future threatened.”

The traditional ruler lamented the fact that despite efforts made to get the police to intervene and save them from their ordeal, their situation still gets worse by the day.

He disclosed at the moment, the Ajagungbales have taken over the community and that since his installation as Baale of Orile Odo-Onosa on September 20, 2013, he has not been able to step foot into the community, and that he had been living in fear of the land-grabbers whom he revealed have made several attempts on the lives of prominent members of the community.

Chief Balogun also claimed that those who had bought land in the community prior to the arrival of the Ajagungbales have also fled the community, leaving behind their property.

“We have sent letters to the governor of Lagos and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, and we are waiting for their action,” he said.

He expressed anxiety over the possibility of the community going into extinction if relevant authorities fail to intervene on time.

He revealed that the exiled indigenes of the community were anxious to return home to perform an obligatory 14-day communal rite, and would not be able to do so as long as the Ajagungbales continued to occupy the land.