8th February, 2012
Thugs numbering about 300 have invaded Agoro Idiagbon village in Ado Odo Ota, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria and chased away the villagers.
Eyewitnesses alleged that the thugs who were armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, came to the village from Iyana Papa, Ojuore, Amadiya road, Otun, Okeide and Osi, claiming that they have a court judgment on 36 acres of 1,000 acres land in the place.
The head of the Ijiri Okesha family, Chief Taye Fehintola, said that they were sacked from their homes.
Trouble allegedly started when a man, whose family owns about five acres of the land started to encroach on other people’s land and attempt to stop him failed. They later petitioned the Inspector General of Police and the Ogun State Police Command who were detailed to investigate the matter. The family was said to have been invited for the probe but refused to honour the invitation.
Fehintola explained that when the people invaded their village, they contacted the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, who drafted an anti-robbery team led by Inspector Ini Akpan to the village.
The thugs armed with AK47 riffles, due to their large number, were said to have prevented the police team from entering the village. They therefore had to return to their station without making any arrest.
Fehintola further alleged that the thugs looted their homes and took away electronic gadgets, goats and anything they could lay their hands on.
The hoodlums, he said, inflicted gunshot and matchet cut injuries on the villagers.
Two people have so far been arrested by the police and are now being detained at Zone 2 Command, Onikan, while a manhunt has been launched for others.