Members of the Ifesowapo Abule-Egba Community Development Association in the Alimosho area of Lagos State, on Wednesday, protested the ongoing demolition of their properties by the officials of the state government to pave the way for the new Computer Village in the area.
The protesters, who took their grievances to the state House of Assembly, said they were surprised to see bulldozers pulling down houses in the community.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Gbenro Akerele, said the community was not averse to the establishment of the Information and Communication Technology Park in the community but wanted things to be done properly.
He stated, “We are not averse to any developmental effort of the state government, but what we are saying is that we are not animals. I was a political office holder and I have many supporters. We have been carrying the area along very well. Alimosho delivers a lot in terms of voting.
“Even if a landlord were to give a tenant a notice to quit, he will give him up to six months to get another place. But for us, this was not done; they just brought a notice and asked us to remove our properties from the area within seven days.”
Akerele urged the assembly to intervene in the matter urgently in the interest of peace.
The Secretary of the association, Mr Sulaimon Akewusola, said the state government had marked over 600 houses for demolition, adding that the removal of the structures had already started.
He said the property he had been living for the past 40 years was built by his father, adding that the areas affected by the demolition were Alubarika, Osunde, Ugochukwu, Ogunyemi, Abubakar and Church streets.
According to him, the government should concentrate on the market and leave the areas where people are living alone.
He said, “We have been living here for the past 40 years and suddenly last week Friday, a seven-day notice was brought to the community from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development that we should vacate our properties.
“This is why we are here to make our grievances known; all the homeowners here have the Federal Government’s Certificates of Occupancy signed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN).”
The Chairman, House Committee on Lands, Mr Aderemola Kasumu, who was accompanied by the chairmen on Science and Technology, Mr Olarewaju Afini, and Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Nurudeen Adesanya, asked the protesters to submit their petition to them.
Kasumu, who spoke on behalf of Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, assured the protesters that the House would do something about their case.
He said, “We, the honourable members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, have something to do on the issue because we have the interest of the people at heart.
“What I will say is to implore you all to present to us a position paper so that in one way or the other we can look into the issue promptly.
“I cannot say for certain, because we don’t know the next plenary date, but I am sure there is a way to deal with matters of urgent public importance. The Speaker will direct further action on how to go about it.”
When contacted, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said the issue started since 2002 when the government informed the residents that it would use the area for a development project.
He said several notices had been given to the residents prior to Friday before the government took action.
Salako stated that the government had rolled out a programme to compensate all qualified property owners in the area, adding that the compensation package was being sorted out.
The commissioner said, “This matter started in 2002 when we told them that the state government would use that land for a future development programme. Notices had been given to them but they refused to quit. The seven-day notice that was given to them on Friday, January 17, 2020, was the last resort before the demolition.
“Under the Land Use Act, the law invests the land in a state in the state government. Those who are qualified will be compensated; the government cannot do something like that without compensating the right persons.”
Royal Disgrace! Oluwo Of Iwo Beats Up Fellow Monarch In Public, Osun Oba’s Call For His Suspension
Some monarchs in the Osun West Senatorial district have called for the suspension of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, shortly after he beat up another traditional ruler, the Agbowu of Ogbagba, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting for monarchs in Iwo, Ayedire, and Ola-Oluwa Local Government Areas of the state.
The Oluwo, on Friday, dealt a blow on the Agbowu, whose domain falls under the Ola-Oluwa council area, claiming he interrupted him during his speech by calling him a mad man.
The peace meeting, which was convened at the instance of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 11 was meant to broker peace among the monarchs in the three council areas that had been enmeshed in a land tussle for more than three months.
While the Oluwo advocated for the leasehold of land, instead of outright sales for developmental projects in the area, the other monarchs insisted that their land belongs to them and they reserve the right to sell them or not.
The state government intervened at a stage but the latest intervention by the police through the office of the AIG Zone 11 suffered a twist when the Oluwo pounced on the Agbowu.
The incident was witnessed by the state’s Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, his counterpart, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the AIG for Zone 11, and about seven monarchs, including the Onigege of Igege, the Olu of Ile-Ogbo.
Narrating the incident to journalists at the State Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, where he was accompanied by six monarchs to receive medical treatment, the Agbowu said the Oluwo punched him for telling him that he did not sell any land in his domain but his own land.
The monarch was rushed to Asubiaro Hospital after the incident by other monarchs at the meeting. The monarchs at the hospital were the Onigege of Igege, Oba Kazeem Oyediran, Olu of Ileogbo, Oba Habeeb Adetoyese, Onifin of Ikonifin, Oba Solomon Ojo, Oluwo Oke of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye and Onisara of Eesu, Oba Moshood Oparonla.
The Olu of Ileogbo, Oba Habeeb Adetoyese, who spoke on behalf of the monarchs, said, that they received an invite to a peacemaking meeting over an allegation that Oba Akanbi levelled against them.
He alleged that the Oluwo pounced on Oba Akinropo while he was making his speech at the peace meeting.
He said, “In October last year he wrote a petition against us to AIG Oyebade, that, we are threatening his life and we are selling his land. The AIG said he doesn’t want any issue in our regions, that we should solve it amicably among ourselves. The governor also gave us the same advice when we saw him on the matter
”The first peacemaking meeting that was organized for us at Iwo Local Government Secretariat, Oluwo disrupted the meeting, he came with thugs saying everybody should go to his domain.”
He said when the government realised that the meeting did not work, they organized another meeting. He said, ”Letter was sent to us for the invite and we all went for the program…when he (Oluwo) was talking, he alleged that, I, the monarch of Ile-Ogbo, was selling his lands and that, also, the Agbowo of Ogbaa Gbaa, the Onigege of Gege is also selling his land. I am selling only selling Ile Ogbo’s land and not Iwo land.
”In the meeting held the commissioner said if it is land he can’t intervene on any issue pertaining to land. He advised that the court can decide on that or that we meet the governor to sort things out.
”As the AIG was addressing us, the Oluwo started shouting that chaos and war will happen in the community. He stood up and started beating Agbowu. He beat him to the extent that it was the AIG that rescued the king from Oluwo. We are still in shock for a king to behave in that manner. When the man started feeling dizzy, we had to rush him down to Asubiaro hospital. He sustained an injury on his cheeks.
“We implore the government to suspend him (Oluwo) so that we can have peace in our domain. We have called our subjects that there is no cause for violence but he should be checked. Only the governor can caution him and if that is not done, he will destroy the entire region.”
Also, Babajide Siyanbola who is the legal adviser to Agbowo of Ogbaagbaa, said legal action will be taken on the matter.
Reacting to the allegation, the Oluwo in a statement, said that he was truly invited to make peace on his stance to curtail excessive land sales by monarchs under his domain, a pronouncement that did not go down well with those affected as they regrouped to act against his authority as the Oluwo who gave them the crown.
He said, “At the peace meeting held at AIG office, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa interrupted me while making I am making my speech and started calling me unprintable names, pointing his staff of office at me while attempt to stick the staff in my eyes; I heavily rejected it with a force which the Agbowu could not withstand.
”How could a constable openly insult commissioner of police and make an attempt to beat the CP? Can any monarch try such with Ooni, Alaafin?” he said.
JUST IN: Uber Passenger Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon
A yet-to-be-identified man on Saturday jumped into the Lagoon around the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.
It was learnt that the man had boarded a car-hailing service, Uber, from Gbagada to a destination in the state.
While the driver was commuting him to his destination, the passenger told the driver to park on the Third Mainland Bridge because he had a stomach ache.
After parking, the yet-to-be-identified man disembarked from the vehicle and jumped into the ocean around 11am.
The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident, saying that rescue operation was ongoing.
He said, “The guy boarded Uber from Gbagada and when they got to the Third Mainland Bridge, he told the driver that he had stomach upset and that he needed to relieve himself. So when the driver parked, he got down from the vehicle, abandoned his belongings and jumped into the water.
“The incident happened around 11 am and our team has responded but I can’t confirm if he would be rescued alive or dead.”
BREAKING: 24-Hours To Swearing-In, Supreme Court Nullifies Bayelsa Gov-Elect, Lyon’s Election, Declares PDP Winner
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
Chief David Lyon was to be sworn-in on Friday.
In preparation for the inauguration, the PDP flag was on Thursday morning removed from the Bayelsa Government House.
The five-man panel of Supreme Court headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The apex court ordered INEC to issue fresh certificates to the candidates of the party with the next highest votes and required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment of the apex, made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.