According to The Nation, the Isunba/Ijiri Royal family in Ogun State has urged Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and Ogun Police Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu to rescue its members from a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Adeola Adeniji.
Adeniji, the family claimed, had continued to forcefully collect the family’s property and harass them with thugs.
In a petition by its Secretary, Chief Mutairu Odu, the family said Adeniji allegedly threatened to use his police contacts to encroach and dislodge them from their land at Ilogbo Asowo.
Contacted, the retired DIG declined comments on the allegations, saying he lost his stepmother and was busy with the burial.
Adeniji, who had a copy of the petition sent to his mail last Thursday, said: “I am indeed sorry that I have not responded. It is due to the fact that I lost my stepmother on September 8 and (I’m) presently busy with the funeral arrangements. I shall arrange a one-on-one session soonest, please.”
According to Odu, the family, which had confronted Adeniji for his actions, got detained by the retired DIG.
The family’s secretary said his people no longer slept with their eyes closed because they were always on the lookout to threats by the retired policeman.
He said: “Our family were recently arrested and detained for more than 14 days at the instance of Aina Ajaguna, who has been acting as a surrogate for Adeniji. It took our family a fundamental rights enforcement suit to secure arraignment of those detained at a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ota, after which they were granted bail.”
Odu added that Adeniji, Ajaguna and Kazeem Aleshinloye had stationed “fierce-looking, marijuana-smoking thugs armed with cutlasses and guns” on their land.
The family spokesman said the thugs shot sporadically to cause fear among the villagers.
He said: “We hereby draw the attention of security agencies, particularly the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to the nefarious activities of the aforementioned people in respect of our family land. We urge the IGP, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State and all concerned citizens to help us nip the activities of these land grabbers in the bud. At present, they are giving the impression that they are above the law.”
Source: The Nation