Many protesters have been seen dropping tears apparently as a result of agonies that they have suffered in the hands of the hoodlums. The protestors also had a number of placards, with different inscriptions, which included: “BRF, give us peace in Oke Ogbodo”, “We’re tired of Omo onile”, “No more Ajagungbale”, among others.
The residents prepared a petition addressed to the state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, with a copy to the Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji. In the statement, signed by the acting Chairman of the CDA, Olalekan Lasisi, the residents alleged that they have been living peacefully before the theft, harassment and vandalism of their property, which they claimed led to the death of a landlord.
The letter also read in part: “On Thursday, August 8, 2013, one of our landlords was shot to death. Also, recently a resident, Owolewa Afolabi was shot on the back but was rushed to a General hospital in Agbowa.
Lasisi in the petition explained that there were a number of occasions that the land speculators would come on broad daylight carting away people’s belongings and at times collecting money at will, also alleging that the land grabbers were fond of “threatening to kidnap our children whenever they were challenged,” adding that they have made the community uninhabitable for them. “Since we don’t have anybody to come to our aid except God, we therefore solicit for your help to rescue us and our land.”
“Sir, we are fed up with predicament,” the protest letter read. Addressing the protesters, Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Lola Akande representing Ikeja Constituency 2, said the House would direct security operatives to take charge of the area and ensure peace. While explaining that the nefarious activities of land speculators have been a major concern to the House, Hon. Akande said “it is a big time problem for us in the state. It is not right for anybody to try to take over a land already sold. We assure you that the House would look into the matter.”
Hon. Akande informed that the House is already planning a bill that would take care of land grabbers, which according to her, if passed, may attract life imprisonment for anyone to parade himself as a land speculator, adding that “palliative measures are provided for residents so that our people live in safe environment.