Ogun Community Storms Oke - Mosan, Seeks Gov Abiodun's Intervention Over Land-Grabbers - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ogun Community Storms Oke - Mosan, Seeks Gov Abiodun's Intervention Over Land-Grabbers

... Stop Inciting Your People, Monarch Urges Makum Community

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The people of Makun community, Sagamu  on Tuesday poured into Okemosan Governor's Office, Abeokuta, in their hundreds, protesting over the alleged land grabbing activities of Oniraniken of Iraniken, Sagamu, Oba Adewale Adeniji.

The Makun idigenes accused the traditional ruler of using landgrabbers to forcefully take over about 4,500 hectares of farmland belonging to 14 Makun villages.

The protesters listed the villages allegedly sacked by Oba Adewale Adeniji through land grabbing activities as Okerala, Oko-Iwaju, Ipa, Idarika, Alawun, Simawa, Apena Seriki among others

They urged  governor Dapo Abiodun to intervene and save their people from the monarch.

The inscriptions on their placards read: "We need justice in Makun Kingdom" "Gov. Dapo Abiodun save us from land grabbers" "Makun people need peace in our community", "Oba Oniraniken leave us alone" among others.

But Oba Adewale Adeniji denied being a landgrabber, saying the farmland in dispute belonged to his Osoedu family as earlier determined by the judgements of two Ogun State High Courts sitting in Sagamu in 2018 and January 2020.

Spokesperson for Makun community, Alhaji Jamiu Alabi Olododo said the essence of the protest was to call on Gov Dapo Abiodun to prevail on Oniraniken, Oba Adewale Adeniji to desist from his allged land-grabbing activities in Makun communities.

Olododo said:"for over a year now, the Oniraniken, Oba Adewale Adeniji had been using landgrabbers to terrorise our people and chase them away from their farms. We have reported him to Ogun State House of Assembly as well as the Akarigbo of Remo land but he has not his illegality. 

"Even last week, eight land-grabbers working for the traditional ruler were arrested by the police from the Force headquarters, Abuja. We want the government to set up  panel of enquiry to look at this issue and also caution Oba Adeniji to stop this crude means of acquiring what never belong to him."

However, the protesters were received by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Afolabi Afuape and the Special Adviser to the governor on Land Matters, Mr Aina Salami.

 Afuape urged members of the community  to remain peaceful and not  take laws into their hands as the government will look into their matter.

 He said: "Now that you have brought this issue to the notice of the government, be rest assured that the government will do justice to it, I also implore you to maintain peace as you go back home because no meaningful development or progress could be achieved in a chaotic environment."

But responding, Oba Adewale Adeniji denied being a landgrabber, insisting that the farmland in dispute belongs to his Osoedu family as decided by the judgements of two Ogun State High Courts sitting in Sagamu in 2018 and January 2020.

He said: "rather than inciting people and causing crisis where there is none, once a court of competent jurisdiction gave a judgement on a matter, I think the right thing is to either abide by such judgement or seek for redress in a higher court.

"That's what I expect those having interest over this family farmland should do and not to be heating up polity through unnecessary protest. I equally request that Gov Dapo Abiodun should set up Judicial panel of inquiry on this matter to get it resolved once and for all. The truth however remains that Makun people have no land whatsoever in all these communities

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