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Save us from land grabbers, community tells IG

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Akinyemi Ogundimu family of Ijere in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State has called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to prevail on the police particularly those at the Zone 2 Command to check the activities of some alleged land grabbers disturbing the peace of the area.

Lawyer to the family, I. O. Akinfenwa, in a petition to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, dated March 22, 2017, said following a judgement delivered by Justice O. O. Majekodunmi, on April 15, 2015, the Akinyemi family had been adjudged the owners of Ijere land and its environs. He said the judgement was sequel to suit number AB/44/2009- filed by Rev. Olatunji Abiodun and others (Ogundimu family) against Mr. Joshua Alejolowo (Orunmakinde family) in which the judge granted all reliefs of the Ogundimus and dismissed the counter claims of the Orunmakinde.

The lawyer added: “It is important to stress that another action, suit number AB/65/2009 – Mr. Joshua Alejolowo vs Solomon Ezekiel and others initiated by the Orunmakindes against the Ogundimus was also dismissed while the other one, suit number AB/71/2009 – Royal Q2 Properties Limited vs Rev Olatunji Abiodun and others instituted by one of the privies of the Orunmakindes was equally dismissed on April 15, 2015, by Justice Majekodunmi.”

But he said sometime in December last year, the Ogundimus were shocked that some thugs were planning to forcibly take over the Ijere land.

Akinfenwa said this prompted him to write a letter dated December 22 and December 28, 2016, to the Osholewa family and the AIG Zone 2 on the matter.

“Subsequently, the solicitors to the Osholewa replied our clients aforesaid letter on December 28. On January 5, our clients through our law firm wrote another letter to the Osholewa through their counsel intimating them of the illegality in their proposed act,” he added.

The lawyer said some persons had posted some public notices at Ijere claiming to be the owners of the land following an Appeal Court judgement, which vested the ownership on them.

However, Akinfenwa said the Appeal Court “struck out the entire proceedings and judgement of the lower court delivered on April 19, 2010, by Justice Olopade in suit number AB /221/2001. How could the same judgement still confer title of the land in the matter on the Osholewa?”

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society debuts

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society (KWMS) will be inaugurated tomorrow in Akure, the Ondo State capital. KWMS is a poverty alleviation and empowerment programme aimed at lifting the people. The occasion will also witness the inauguration of the South-West coordinators of the programme during which Chief Adewale Omojuwa, the Adetolugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, will be decorated as the grand patron and Dr. Alatishe Mike as the regional director.

The event, which begins at 9a.m., is expected to draw to Akure, government officials and many dignitaries from both the public and the private sectors of the economy. The organisers said KWMS was established to provide succour for Nigerians and a channel for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

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Customs engages officers on professional handling of arms

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Seme Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has engaged its officers on more professional approach in the handling and usage of arms through a combat training. Speaking during the retraining exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, Lagos for the officers, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, said the event was to equip his officers with all the necessary knowledge and skills in handling and usage of arms.

The comptroller said the exercise would help the customs’ officers to deal with challenges that they might face in the course of discharging their duties. Aliyu said that the command had indicated his readiness to reward excellent performance among officers as motivational incentives to ensure strict compliance to our extant laws and the service operational golden rules while discharging their responsibilities.

He warned officers and men of the command not to compromise the standard set by the service but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies especially now that their services are most needed. Aliyu said that the service was ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the target for the year was not only met but exceeded. The comptroller re-stated that the anti-smuggling drive of the command was well fortified against smugglers.

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Two arrested for murder of guard

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Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a security man during a robbery operation at MP Manufacturers, Lekki. The suspects, it was learnt, scaled the fence of the company located on Plot 25, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki, Phase 2, recently.

It was also learnt that the suspects made straight for the guard’s stand immediately they gained access into the company, demanding laptops which were newly delivered to the company. One of the guards, Abubakar Isiaka, who struggled with the robbers, was stabbed in the ribs and waist. His shout for help attracted his colleagues who rushed to the scene, to find the dying guard in a pool of blood while the robbers had escaped.

Isiaka died at the hospital, following the injury sustained in the attack. Police sources said when the information of the robbery got to the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to book. Consequently, the duo of Daniel John (25) and Collins Archibong (25), both from Cross Rivers State, were arrested via the network service provider of the phone stolen from the deceased. During interrogation, the suspects admitted to the crime. One of the suspects, John, said the victim was killed unintentionally.

He said: “We went there just to steal. But by the time we got there, we met the guard sleeping. But he woke up and engaged us and at the same time held me and Archibong. He was very strong. We stabbed him because he almost overpowered us. We went away with his phone and sold it for N90,000.

I got N30,000, Collins got N20,00 while the third person, Bassey, got N40,000. “We had forgotten about the operation and were going about our normal work as security guards at Lekki Residential Security when we were arrested.” Edgal said the suspects would be arraigned soon. The commissioner also warned criminals to either stop and turn a new leaf or leave the state for good.

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