Thursday, February 22, 2024

Ikorodu land tussle: Court grants Septuagenarian, 3 others bail

A Lagos Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to seventy-year-old  Nosiru Akolemobasi ,and three other members of the Sonmolu and Aro Efolu families of Itamaga in Ikorodu for alleged malicious damage.

Akolemobasi was granted bail alongside Otunba Gbenga Kuti, 69, Jamiu Aro, 66,and Sanni Yusuf, 53, by Magistrate A.O. Alogba following their arraignment on five-counts of conspiracy, malicious damage and breach of peace preferred against them by the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Alagbon.

Their arraignment occurred after the defendants, Akolemobasi and others petitioned the Inspector -General of Police about the activities FCIID, Alagbon over the Ikorodu land dispute.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them.

In his ruling, Alogba granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

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He ruled that evidence of tax payment to the state government must be shown and that their international passports must be deposited at the court.

The defendants had through their lawyer Ayodele Omoniyi petitioned the IGP Mohammed Adamu, accusing  FCIID  Alagbon of perversion of justice.

In a letter dated February 14, 2020 signed by their lawyer, Ayodele Omoniyi, the family alleged that some officers of FCIID, Alagbon namely :DCP Tunji Lawal, SP. Kayode Emmanuel, Inspector Emmanuel ,and Inspector Kolapo of Zone 2 Annex Ikorodu Zonal office, Lagos ,were  shielding the suspects from being arrested.

They stated that ,”there is a land dispute between them and some suspects over control and use of the family land released to the family after the wounding up of NITEL”.

They added that the  dispute arose because one family wanted to take over the land to the exclusion of the three other families and this has led to institution of several court cases.

While the cases were in court, the court made an order that all parties should maintain status quo ,but the suspects continued to erect buildings on the land in defiance of court order.

When the matter was reported, the trial judge, directed that a census be taken of properties being developed in disobedience to court order.

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The petitioner stated that parties in the suit, court officials, police officers  along with personnel from the Ministry of Land and Physical Development in Lagos state went to inspect the land and 56 houses built in violation of court order were identified and marked.

Consequently, the court ordered the IGP to provide security to the officials of the Lagos state government to demolish the 56 buildings.

The 56 buildings were demolished as directed by the court and none of the parties appealed against it.

However, the suspects wrote a petition to  FCID Alagbon claiming that our client demolished the 56 buildings and this led to arrest of our client including a 72- years -old man who was kept in police detention for three days by the above-named officials.

They added that notwithstanding the abundance of evidence that the demolition was pursuant to an order of court, the FCID Alagbon ,continued to  ask irrelevant question of who brought the order to the attention of the Lagos state government.

The families disclosed that after the demolition of the 56 building by the order of court, the suspects again erected structures on the land and a petition was written to the  on  the new development.

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