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Hoodlums Wreak Havoc At Ajah

Suspected hoodlums alleged to be members of Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) have unleashed terror on residents of Alabeko estate in Ajah, stabbing three and destroying some houses and properties.

Xavier Ndanyongmong

Suspected hoodlums alleged to be members of Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) have unleashed terror on residents of Alabeko estate in Ajah, stabbing three and destroying some houses and properties. The thugs alleged to have been recruited by one Rotimi Orimisan, a land speculator have surrounded himself with the hoodlums and causing havoc in the community without any resistance by residents for fear of the unknown. Sources said the recent attack on residents of the area has sparked a call by the community for the quick intervention of the police and other law enforcement agencies to stem the excesses of the militant group.

It was gathered that the recent attack on residents of the community started at about 12:30pm after the landowners (Omonile) held a meeting with residents over the encroachment into their properties by Rotimi Orimisan. The landowners we gathered had decided to take a drastic measure towards recovering their land from the suspect through legal means. When the news of the meeting came to the suspect, sources said he had assembled his men and decided to attack the landowners. During the attack, one Rotimi Ojo, former General Secretary of the estate was stabbed on his right hand with a bottle and also hit with a shovel on his head.

He was immediately rushed to Doren Specialist Hospital, Ajiwe in Ajah where he was operated upon and still recuperating in the hospital. It was gathered that the surgeon at the hospital (name withheld) had advised that it was necessary an operation was carried out on him to correct the tendon and ligaments that were damaged. It was gathered that about eight police officers who wore T-shirts with no name tag on their uniform from MOPOL 23, Obalende were alleged to have provided cover for the miscreants’ by spraying tear gas while the attack lasted.

Not done with the attacks on the residents, the thugs descended on an eight-room bungalow belonging to Alfa Isiaka Kelani, destroying the window glasses. The wife of the victim was not spared as she was beaten to a stupor. Another resident, one Olaseni Obafemi was not lucky as he was hit with a shovel on his head and hand while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The residents alleged that they were chased into the bush under the watch of the police men who offered them no protection.

It was gathered that the visibly angry Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) Omolabi Oviebo had condemned the act saying that the police have no right taking sides with the complainant but rather to make peace between the warring factions. It was learnt that since Rotimi Orimisan has been threatening to grab a portion of land belonging to the estate and using the OPC and mobile policemen from MOPOL 23 stationed there in a make shift plank, the DPO was said to have personally visited the portion of land and told the police not to threaten residents again, but each time the DPO leaves, they violates his instructions while they shoot sporadically into the air every time.

Narrating their ordeals to our reporter, the Chairman of Alabeko Estate Residents Association (AERA) Mr Uba Offorbuike said, “We have not known peace in this estate since Rotimi Orimisan resorted to brigandage to grab a larger chunk of land from our estate. We met with the Omonile from whom we bought our land; they told us that they didn’t sell any land to Rotimi Orimisan. After the meeting with the land owner, we were within the estate when the OPC thugs attacked us with cutlasses, broken bottles and other offensive weapons.

“I was shocked when the Police who are supposed to play neutral role joined them to attack us using spraying tear gas on us. In the process, one of us, Mr Rotimi Ojo was stabbed with a bottle on his right hand. As we speak, we have spent over N400, 000 for medical bills because of the emergency operation he was met to have due to the seriousness of the damage to his tendon and ligament. As law abiding citizens of this country, we are disappointed in the Nigerian Police because they have failed to defend the defenceless and armless people,” Uba added.

Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity told our reporter that “since Rotimi Orimisan brought OPC into the area, they have not known peace as they have constantly harassed residents despite a petition sent to the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti and the AIG Zone 2, AIG Joseph Mbu for protection against the vagaries and insipid attacks from the OPC and mobile policemen from Mopol 23.”

At the moment, the thugs have pencilled down about three landlord for assassination. One of the Alfa Isiaka Kelani said for the past one week, he has not slept his house for fear of being killed. Others include one Abiodun Abbe and Wale Adebayo. It was gathered that despite several invitations by the landowners to Orimisan for a peace talk and a court summon from the Epe High Court as some of the residents dragged him to court, he refused to honour the invitations.

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