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Lagos Residents Protest Ordeal Of Land Grabbers

Emmanuel Ukudolo

Residents of Labora Owode in Ibeju- Lekki today protested in Lagos calling on members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to save them from hoodlums who have resulted to use of arms to forcefully take over their land. Led by Mr. Babatunde Olumegbon, Moshood Lanrewaju Rasaq, Chief Najeem Fatai, Ismaila Asimu Fatai, Molikiu Ganiyu, Ademola Samuel, the residents displayed various placards, denouncing the attitude of the hoodlums. The aggrieved residents said that hoodlums stormed their community with well over 10,000 settlers in January, wielding dangerous weapons, including guns and cutlasses, with which they terrorized them.

Speaking on the incidents, Olumegbon stated that the hoodlums stormed the community in January and scared everybody with guns and cutlasses. He expressed shock that such incident could happen in fully developed settlement, adding that the incident was reported to the Elemoro Police Station and that the hoodlums are attacking the settlement despite a subsisting court injunction.

“We reported the matter to the police at Elemoro Police Station, we have written petitions to IGP and others. We have been to court, we have sued them. There is a court injunction restraining them. They have not stopped working. “It would be unwholesome if we don’t do something.

That is why we are here to call on the House to save us and save our land handed over to us by our progenitors from being taken over from us,” he said, adding that the hoodlums were unknown faces. Also speaking, the Chief Imam of the community, Imam Hameed Habeeb, disclosed that the invaders had refused to obey a court injunction, but had almost completed erection of fencing in the expanse of land they forcefully took over.

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