Ogun Police Read Riot Act On Land Grabbing Activities

ogunIt may not be business as usual for land grabbers in Ogun State, South West Nigeria whose activities have been responsible for many deaths and breakdown of law and order.

The Police authority in that state has reiterated its commitment to move against the practice by those popularly referred to as “omo onile”.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning while parading 12 suspected armed robbers, cultists and land grabbers arrested in some communities across the state.

In recent times, incidents of illegal land grabbing have been dominating the crime chart in the state.

Many residents have been killed while many more have been maimed, but the Police Commissioner said he has had enough of “the madness”.

He warned that anybody caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

However, there have also been calls that Police searchlight must be beamed on its men and officers aiding and abetting the practice.

The parade of crime suspects has become a regular practice of the Police to keep residents of the state updated about their activities.

On this occasion, items recovered from some of the suspects include guns, ammunition, assorted charms and a Toyota Carina salon car without registration number.

Three young men were allegedly arrested in connection with two AK-47 riffles snatched from some Policemen while on duty.

Lekki Free Trade Zone Disturbance Tribunal Holds Inaugural Sitting

Lekki FreeThe tribunal inquiring into the October 12 civil disturbances in the Lekki Free Trade Zone had its inaugural sitting on Monday in Lagos.

The disturbances sadly led to disruption of business activities and the death of the Managing Director of the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Mr Tajudeen Disu.

In his speech, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, said that in line with the terms of reference of the tribunal, individuals, groups, stakeholders, host communities and other interested members of the public can submit memoranda to assist the tribunal in its quest to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the October 12 incident.

The tribunal would also proffer solutions to forestall a recurrence of such incidents and make necessary recommendations to the state government based on its findings.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, urged the tribunal to be fearless and give everyone a chance to present their observations and suggestions.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to making Lagos safe and prosperous for all and assured members of the tribunal and the public that the findings of the inquiry would be considered and implemented appropriately.

The Lekki Free Trade Zone is a project conceived and established to transform Nigeria’s economy.

When completed, the Lagos State Government says the deep sea port within the zone would provide thousands of jobs and decongest the Apapa port, thereby radically reducing the traffic gridlock around the area.

Lekki Free Trade Zone Boss Tajudeen Disu Shot Dead

Lekki FreeThe Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone, Tajudeen Disu, has been shot dead.

Mr Disu was killed when Ibeju-Lekki villagers and mobile policemen clashed in Okunraiye community near Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, on Monday morning.

The villagers had reportedly embarked on a protest against “forceful takeover” of their land by the Lagos State Government for the Lekki Free Zone Ltd but were resisted by men of the Police.

The ensuing crisis led to the killing of Disu. A policeman also reportedly died in the fracas.

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, confirmed the death of Mr Disu to the media.

“I am made to understand that he died under the circumstances where gunshots were used by the villagers within the Lekki Free Trade Zone axis this morning.

“It saddens my heart and the hearts of all of us because this is somebody who has been dedicated to duty in the last 10 years promoting the inflow of investment into Lagos State.

“I have directed immediately that the Commissioner of Police must do a thorough investigation to find out the root cause of what has just happened.

“I plead with everybody to remain calm, we will get to the root of this unfortunate incident and I will like everybody to also know that so much as we are trying our best, the only thing we can appeal to people to do is to allow peace to reign in the Free Trade Zone,” the Governor said.

He said that his body has been deposited at the Lagos State University Hospital for a post-mortem.

Police Demolish Houses In Badagry

Over 500 houses illegally built on a land owned by the Police at Atipolome community in Mowo area of Badagry, Lagos State, have been demolished.

The land covering over 64 hectares was acquired by the Police in 2006 and a Certificate of Occupancy was issued in 2008.

Although members of the community admitted they had no government approval on the land, they explained that they bought the property from land grabbers, popularly known as “omo onile.”

It was gathered that the land grabbers started encroaching on the land when the Police authorities failed to put the land to use. However, on noticing the encroachment, the Police in 2011 issued a quit notice to the illegal owners of the houses to vacate their land.

Series of quit notices came after, with the last one served to them two weeks preceding the demolition ordered by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, after the illegal occupants refused to heed the quit notice.

Over 200 armed policemen and seven bulldozers took part in the demolition operation which was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Osu Ekpo.

The exercise caught some of the occupants of the houses unawares, as many of them could not retrieve their properties while a few others were only able to recover a few of their belongings.