Save us from land grabbers, community tells IG

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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