According to The Nation, scores of Ibeju Lekki residents yesterday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest the alleged forceful takeover of their land.
They carried placards with inscriptions, such as, “Folami, bring peace and development, not death and destruction to your fatherland,” and “To defend our land and our people from Folami is a task that must be done,” “Ha, ha, ha, haha, Folami, you want to use us as slaves on our fatherland,” “If we remain silent, we would be guilty of complicity. We want peace, nothing more than peace at Oke-Ogun. Governor Ambode take note”.
In a petition titled: “Complaint against Mufutau Sefiu Olamiji as the purported Baale of ‘Okegun Ladeseso’ and subsequent attempts by the Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs to upgrade him to the status of a king.’
The petition, which is addressed to the speaker of the Assembly states in part that, “We are solicitors to Chief Samsideen Ogunkoya (the Ajagunbiada of Ibeju Land) and the people of Okegun Odofin in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State and on their joint instructions write this petition to your Excellency in other to forestall total breakdown of law and order in Ibeju, Lagos,” the solicitor said in the petition.
“Chief Ismail Ogunkoya was duly nominated and appointed as the substantive Baale of Okegun Odofin in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area which position has been held by him with much support from our clients and with dignity till date.
“We want the Lagos State House of Assembly to set up a panel and look into the matter. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. The matter is in court and under the Assembly panel headed by Funmilayo Tejuoso. They promised to get back to us but they have not done so since we met with them,” he said.
Addressing the protesters, Majority Leader Sanai Agunbiade said that a situation, where a wrong person was installed would be investigated.
Agunbiade urged the protesters to be patient saying that the house receives so many petitions daily and that the matter has to be thoroughly debated at plenary even when the committee handling it has completed its work.
“All of these would not make the committee dispense with the petition as quickly as the petitioners want. But ultimately the whole house would look at the petitions.
“We have to painstakingly look at the petition and the outcome is always acceptable to the petitioners,” he said.
He then appealed to the protesters to go back to their base peacefully.
Source: The Nation
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