Family petitions new Ogun CP over destruction of Cocoa plantation by land grabbers - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Family petitions new Ogun CP over destruction of Cocoa plantation by land grabbers

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By Our Correspondent

The Soyode family of Oba Gidimo village, Obafemi Owode local government of Ogun state has appealed to the Ogun state government and the Commissioner of Police in the State to urgently assist in curbing the activities of some land grabbers that had destroyed the family cocoa farmland in the village.

The family in a petition written and signed by the trio of  Mrs Bisi Jonah, Hon Banjo Soyode, Chief Rahmon Soyode for the family said  March 2nd 2020, One Tajudeen Abioye, a.k.a TJ a landgrabber from Osun State invaded the village , Oba Gidimo in Obafemi Owode Local government area of Ogun State and wilfully destroyed the family cocoa plantation, a joint inheritance being managed by Chief Rahman Soyode farmer, and resident in the above mentioned village.

"Such earlier Chief Rahman Soyode had hinted us of an unconfirmed rumour that one Tajudeen Abioye a.k.a TJ intends to buy every available land in our area and our joint response was that the land was not and still not for sale. But to our greatest surprise, This man did not only encroached the land, but illegally and criminally destroyed the continue cocoa plantation measuring 3 hectares.

"As a law abiding citizen, who had earlier calmed down the youth that wanted to react violently, later proceeded to the Owode Area Command to lodge a formal complaint in writing.

"The Area Commander,  Irmiya Asmiya, Upon the receipt of the petition pretended to swing into action by directing one of his men Mr Raji Wale, as the IPO and Raji Wale  subsequently demanded openly for the sum of N30,000 for logistics to effect arrest with explanation that the command did not have its own operational vehicle.

"The Area Commander promised prompt arrest of the suspects and calmed us down that justice will prevail.

"After waiting for more than 3 months, the family contacted the Area Commander, Irmiya Asmiya, and Mr Wale Raji only for the two police gentle men to be coming up with varying submissions on why the man was yet to be arrested.

"One wonders when the arrest of criminals is now aatter of invitation as and honouring police invitation is at the convenience of the accused person.

"A letter of complaint forwarded to the Area Command dated 22nd July, 2020 was also treated with disrespect by the Area Commander while the family is bemoaning their loss, the accused Mr Tajudeen Abioye is still a free man gallivanting up and down that no policeman can arrest him.

"The family hereby urges the new Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, CP Edward Ajogun, The Director of SS in Ogun State, and the State government to wade into the matter.