Residents protest menace of land grabbers in Ogun

Residents of over a dozen communities at Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, in their hundreds stormed the Ogun State House of Assembly complex Tuesday, appealing to the state legislators and Governor Dapo Abiodun to help them retrieve their properties from land grabbers.

The protesting landlords lamented that the Ogun State Anti -Land grabbing laws have been of no effect in curbing the menace of land grabbers or protect victims of land grabbers of incessant attacks.

The distraught landlords and landladies said they purchased the land upon which they built their homes and having lived there for the past 20 years, were surprised to see suspected land grabbers invade the area last week when many of them had gone to work, sealed some homes with “court possession notices” and outrightly “locked others with padlocks and chains.”

The spokesman of the residents, Mr Jimi Olusanya, who narrated their ordeals to the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Kunle Oluomo, said the suspected land grabbers allegedly engaged thugs and some police officers from the Ibafo Divisional Police Headquarters to harass and intimidate them, injuring many in the process.

He appealed to the Ogun Assembly and the Governor on behalf of members of 15 Community Development Associations in Magboro, to intervene and help them recover their properties by invoking the anti – land grabbing laws of Ogun State against the irritant land grabbers.

Also, while Magboro residents were yet to leave the Ogun Assembly complex, residents of Ikogbo in Ado Odo Ota Local Government stormed the venue, lamenting attacks and harassment by land grabbers and displayed pictures of wounded victims and structures demolished by the attackers.

The Ikogbo residents led by the duo of Ade Animashaun and Akindele Abiodun, appealed  to the state lawmakers to save them from the land grabbers.

But responding, Speaker Kunle Oluomo, assured the affected house owners that the Ogun Assembly he leads, “will do the needful” to address their problems.

Oluomo, however, added that the legislators only make laws but neither interpret nor execute it when flouted.

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