Man Petitions IGP Over Demolition Of Property


A middle-aged man, Alhaji Babatunde Osojaman Akija, has petitioned the  Inspector-General of Police, IGP, over the destruction of his property by certain  people at Makogi Obafemi Owode in Ogun State despite a subsisting court order which  had ordered both parties to maintain the status quo until the court rules on the  matter.

Alhaji Akija who spoke through his lawyer, Kolade Ala said the Akija family  comprised of seven children from two women and the same father.

Babatunde Akija said there are four on his mother’s side while the other three  children wee born of another mother. After the demise of their father, they all  shared their father’s land into two for each of the wives. He further alleged that  after his step brothers got their share and sold their share of their land, they  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 Ogun  State High Court but instead of waiting for the court to determine who owns the  land, they allegedly hired mobile policemen and bulldozers and started to pull down  the structures on the land, including his own property which he claimed has reached  an advanced level.

Babatunde is therefore appealing to both the Ogun State Governor and Mr. President,  Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to come to his aid as his step brothers are using the state  police to harass him and his brothers.

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“I beg the Ogun State Governor and Mr. President to please help me out because my  right is being trampled upon by these people who are bent on destroying me and my  entire family.”

He claimed that they had been living in peace until his stepbrothers started to  encroach on his land and when he confronted them, they allegedly threatened to kill  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.  Adeyemo, denied the allegation, saying they hired tractors to clear their site but  they did not demolish any structure during the exercise.

—Yusuf Muhammed

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