The Ogun State Government has warned land grabbers that it will not tolerate their activities anymore in the state, saying it will bring the full weight of the law on anyone found culpable.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, disclosed this in Abeokuta on Thursday, noting that the government would not take it lightly with anyone illegally claiming the ownership of another person’s land.
He said, “The activities of land grabbers are not welcome in Ogun State. The government will not take it lightly with anybody found to be involved in maiming or grabbing of land; they would be dealt with according to the law.
“Governor Dapo Abiodun has said it clearly, and I’m reiterating it, that the law will be used to deal with anyone threatening the peace of the state. So, if it is land grabbers that are threatening the peace of the state, they will be dealt with through the instrumentality of the law”, Odusile said.
Odusile’s comment stemmed from recent activities of some so-called land grabbers who were said to have invaded Adumbu community in Ewekoro Local Government Area with about 50 thugs, injuring two people and beating up the village head.
A notorious land grabber allegedly invaded the town in the company with thugs armed with dangerous weapons including cutlasses, broken bottles, axes, chasing people away from their homes and ancestral lands in the community.
Residents of the community in a “Save Our Soul” letter to the police titled, “Case of Conspiracy, Threat to Life and Invasion of Adumbu Village By Land Grabbers”, and jointly signed by an elder in the village, Dr. Dele Onatade, and Secretary, Chief Ranti Falola, urged the police to come to their rescue.