23rd November, 2010
A middle-aged man, Alhaji Babatunde Osojaman Akija, has petitioned theÂ Inspector-General of Police, IGP, over the destruction of his property by certainÂ people at Makogi Obafemi Owode in Ogun State despite a subsisting court order whichÂ had ordered both parties to maintain the status quo until the court rules on theÂ matter.
Alhaji Akija who spoke through his lawyer, Kolade Ala said the Akija familyÂ comprised of seven children from two women and the same father.
Babatunde Akija said there are four on his motherâ€™s side while the other threeÂ children wee born of another mother. After the demise of their father, they allÂ shared their fatherâ€™s land into two for each of the wives. He further alleged thatÂ after his step brothers got their share and sold their share of their land, theyÂ have now moved take over the share that belongs to him and his three other brothers.
Alhaji Babatunde said he and his three brothers have taken the matter to the OgunÂ State High Court but instead of waiting for the court to determine who owns theÂ land, they allegedly hired mobile policemen and bulldozers and started to pull downÂ the structures on the land, including his own property which he claimed has reachedÂ an advanced level.
Babatunde is therefore appealing to both the Ogun State Governor and Mr. President,Â Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to come to his aid as his step brothers are using the stateÂ police to harass him and his brothers.
â€œI beg the Ogun State Governor and Mr. President to please help me out because myÂ right is being trampled upon by these people who are bent on destroying me and myÂ entire family.â€
He claimed that they had been living in peace until his stepbrothers started toÂ encroach on his land and when he confronted them, they allegedly threatened to killÂ him and his brothers if they did not stay away.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS on the crisis, the agent to Babatunde’s stepbrother, Mr.Â Adeyemo, denied the allegation, saying they hired tractors to clear their site butÂ they did not demolish any structure during the exercise.