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Family Petitions CP over use of Police to harass landlords in Ogun community

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A royal family in Ogun state, Shomolu - Okusheinde in Ibasa Ajegunle, Araromi Magboro in Obafemi Owode local government area of the state has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson over alleged use of police officers from the command to terrorise landlords in the area.


The family in the petition dated 27th May, 2020 and signed by the family secretary, Kotoye Okanlawon, alleged that the former family lawyer, one Olusegun Raji and a land agent, Lawrence Olufemi Ogunseye, have been conniving with the police officers to execute a Supreme Court judgement obtained by the family fraudulently.

In the petition, which was copied to Office of the Inspector General of Police, Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA), Office of the State Governor and the Office of the Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Lagos, the family further alleged that the duo recruited hoodlums into the fraudulently acquired family land where they terrorised landlords and demolished their property.

Kotoye, in the petition, however, demanded that police authority should intervene and arrest former family's lawyer and agent for unleashing terror in the community, failure of which they threatened to take laws into their hands and defend themselves against land grabbers in the community.

He explained that their resolve to resort to self-help was premised on the fact that one of the members of the family, Gafar Yeku was axed and seriously wounded when the dou of former family's lawyer and agent led hoodlums to fraudulently implement the Supreme Court judgment on the land.

He noted that despite the fact that Power of Attorney, hitherto bestowed on Raji had been revoked since 11th May, 2020, due to his mobilising hoodlums on the family land and the fraudulent manner at which he had been executing the Supreme Court judgment, the former family lawyer yet continued to carry illegal activities on the land.

"Despite the revocation of the Power of Attorney granted Olusegun Raji and Lawrence Ogunsanya, they have continually stationed armed thugs led by Muibi Animashaun, Debisi Ibafo and some hoodlums with the mandate to kill any of our family members sighted in our land. Some of the hoodlums: Tekobo Sunday, Osho Odeneye Adeyemi and Adeyemi Mutiu who are parading themselves as heads of our family have been colluding with Raji and Ogunsanya to terrorise us and later brutalised Yeku".

"It was however, disturbing that despite the arrest and charging the suspects to court, the suspects on the 22nd May, 2020 invaded our site again and led by police operatives from D4 Section of the state Command in Eleweeran, Abeokuta without any court demolition order, destroyed valuable structure on the site, vandalised property of innocent landlords of our land sold in the past and deposited a heap of sand at the entrance gate of an hotel owned by one of the landlords, thereby restricting and obstructing people's movement in and out of his hotel".

"As a law abiding citizens, we do not want to take laws into our hands, hence, we decided to seek for your office's intervention and protection from these hoodlums and police officers who have arrested some of our workers and family members namely: Gafar Yeku, Tope Soretire, Waheed Salaudeen and Gafar Daramola. The hoodlums are still laying siege to our land, using our Supreme Court judgment fraudulently to exploit innocent landlords in our family name", the petitioners concluded.