7th October, 2010
The Alayande family of Idi Agbon Village in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State,Â South West Nigeria, who owns a vast expanse of land in Ajah, has petitioned the AreaÂ Commander, Area A Police Command, Lion Building, Lagos, over disturbance of peace inÂ Alayande village, which it said, can lead to a breakdown of law and order.
In the said petition written by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Oluyede Solana, on behalfÂ of the head of Alayande family, Madam Hannah Bakare Alayande, acting for the family,Â reason for the petition arose from of law suit filed by Madam Memunat Alayande and sixÂ others namely Alhaja Kudirat Shonibare, Aolatu Tinubu Laseni Anafiu, Woitu SalamiÂ Alayande, Yakubu Alayande and Alhasu Alayande, against Pa Woitu Alayande, Haman BakareÂ Alayande and others for alienating the Alayande family land without the consent ofÂ Â principal members of the family.
On 24 June this year, Justice Oluwatoyin Tanwo, in his judgement, declared that by theÂ time the defendants commissioned Prince Adesoji Adele, a surveyor, to prepare a survey ofÂ the family land, the consent of Memunat Alayande, who is the oldest surviving child wasÂ not obtained, therefore, the agreement was void ab initio and a cost of N100,000 wasÂ awarded in favour of the plaintiffs.
However, while these legal pursuits were going on, the fact that the court did notÂ declare Madam Memunat as the head of Alayande family and no proprietary right of theÂ family land on sole control of same was given to her, it was alleged that on 30 AugustÂ this year, her agent went to the family land with a threat of dislodging the occupiers ofÂ the land without any legal authority.
Currently, who have the right to defend themselves in case of any aggression are earningÂ their living on the land, therefore, the petitioners are very worried that if the threatsÂ are carried out, it may lead to a breakdown of law and order and consequently imploredÂ the Area Commander to use his good offices to investigate the matter before itÂ degenerates into chaos and commotion.