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Lawyer writes Chief Judge, IGP on land encroachment

The nation reports that a lawyer, Gbenga Ajala, has asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and Lagos State Chief Judge (CJ) Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade to investigate the alleged  land encroachment  belonging to his client, the Oloto family of Oto, on Lagos Mainland.

Ajala, in a February 7 petition, said the lives of members of the family were being threatened by ‘thugs and hoodlums’ while properties on the land in Oto, were being damaged.

The Oloto and the Adams and Alashe families are laying claim to the land in Suit No: ID/8383/2014 before Justice O. Nwaka of the Lagos High Court. But the matter has been referred to the Case Management Conference (CMC).

Ajala said his clients filed the suit after several property disputes between the parties and upon their discovery that the government allocated part of the land to others under a purported consent judgment obtained “without the family’s knowledge.”

The family, Ajala added, had earlier reported the matter to the Lagos State Police Command, but it was not resolved.

It accused some officers of the Ikeja Police Command Headquarters of “thwarting the allegations” against the defendants and assisting “armed thugs and hoodlums  into the land in order to take possession of same despite the matter being in court.”

These persons, Ajala said, had taken over  the land and had begun construction thereon. He appealed to the IGP to investigate the matter.

Source: The Nation

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