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Six Ogun Communities Drag, Gov Amosun, Three Others to Court Over 'Illegal' Land Acquisition

Six Ogun Communities Drag, Gov Amosun, Three Others to Court Over 'Illegal' Land Acquisition

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

Six Communities in Ogun State from ancestral Irasusi family in Sagamu have filed suit against the Governor, Senator Ibikunle and three other defendants alleging them of illegal take over and sale of their farmland without adequate compensation to them.

Hon Babatunde Mabawonku, who led the claimants, through the family counsel, Ade Adeoye filed the suit reference number Hsc/215/14 at State High Court, Sagamu on 30th October, 2014, in which they also joined state Attorney General, Teju Industries Limited and Springfields Agro-Allied Limited as co-defendants.

 

The claimant communities according to the statement on oath include: Melufen ,Farati, Ateri, Rasusi, Olowu and Erejigon, arguing that their late father was the progenitor of Irasusi family who owns the parcel of land of 250.165 hectares and its sketch out in survey sketch plan number OG/1286/2012/30 which consists of all the mentioned communities located along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at Sagamu Interchange axis.

 

The plaintiffs in the suit expressed shock that, on 16th June, 2014 the representatives and officers of the 1st-4th defendants moved onto a part of the land in dispute with bulldozers and commenced clearing of the land, and that the first defendant (Governor Amosun), did not serve a notice of acquisition of the land on the claimants.

 

The claimant's according to witness statement on oath emphasized, "that our said solicitors submitted survey sketch plan number OG/1286/2012/30 of the land in dispute to the Ogun State Bureau of Lands and Survey for charting and requested for a charting information certificate from the Bureau;

 

*That the 1st defendant did not serve a notice of acquisition of the land in dispute on the claimants. That the Ogun State Government did not pay any compensation to the claimants;

 

*That it is the claimants family entire parcel of land,together with our villages,primary school attended by our children, farms with cash crops and economic trees, polling unit and religious sites of great antiquities that the 1st defendant has purportedly compulsorily acquired;

 

*That the claimants and all others whose livelihood depend on the land in dispute have no other place to live and settle as we do not have land at any other place.

 

*That the 1st defendant had commenced the sale of the land in dispute to private investors - the 3rd and 4th defendants inclusive, at several millions of naira;

 

*That the 1st defendant sold 10 hectares of land out of the land in dispute to the 4th defendant for the sum of N130,922,000.00. That the Ist defendant also issued a Certificate of Occupancy to the 4th defendant for the portion of the land in dispute sold by the 1st defendant to the 4th defendant," the statement said.

 

Meanwhile, other claimants in the suit are: Pa Olanrewaju Sodipe, Efuwape Akinrinola, Madam Folake Efuleye, Hon Nurudeen Odudele, Evangelist Oladapo Ogunlowo, Chief Adebayo Ayinla, Prince Lasisi Akinsany and Pa Solomon Okunrinde.