“A community leader in Oke- Eletu area of Ijede Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Chief Oluwaremilekun Aina Shobote, has cried out to the Lagos State government over an alleged attempt by some people to forcibly dispossess him of a landed property.”- The Nation
The distraught 75-year-old narrated how a man identified as Toyin and others asked for his permission to use his land for meetings, to which he reluctantly obliged.
He said: ‘’He (Toyin) approached him seven years back for a portion of land at Oke Eletu to be used as meeting venue, though my younger brother said no but I consented and gave the land to Toyin and his friends. But contrary to his initial request, he (Toyin) actually turned the place to meeting point of a group called Ogboni Awopa.
‘’Toyin and his friends came three weeks ago with some policemen and video camera and forced me to sign papers that I have sold the land to them.
‘’When they left, many youths wanted to retaliate but I told them I would rather go by the law. My lawyer wrote petition to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos, but to my surprise right in the presence of the police these people beat me up and broke into my house. I was arrested alongside my four-year-old and eight-year-old children but they were later released.
‘’I want the Lagos State government to save me from these land grabbers, who are also parading themselves as community leaders. We don’t even know what they do on the land, all I know is they come sometime with people and those people will be begging them. If you look around you will see that the place is deserted because they scare people away, so when I told them to leave my property for me they turned to violence because some policemen are backing them.’’
Source: The Nation