Lagos community accuses Govt officials of land grabbing

According to reports, Resıdents of Imota ın Ikorodu area of Lagos State has accused top state government officials of land racketeering.

The petitioners ın theır petıtıon to the Lagos Assembly through their lawyer, Gbenga Ojo & Co, claimed that the accused government officials were led by an Executive Secretary in the Land Bureau of the state.

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According to the petıtıoners, the officials connived with a traditional ruler in Imota to sell part of the 20 hectares of land excised to the Balogun branch of Refuwe family in Ikorodu by the state government.

In the petition dated 23 February, 2016, titled: “Land racketeering by officials of Land Bureau led by Mr. Ogunubi, Executive Secretary, Land Bureau, Alausa, in respect to a parcel of land already released by the Lagos State government to the previous owners in Imota area of Lagos State.

“In 1980, Lagos State government acquired a large tract of land in Imota area of Lagos State. Some of the land acquired belonged to our clients but after a series of meetings and consultations, the state government through a letter dated 21 January, 2008, released 20 hectares of the land to the family and that the government’s decision was further confirmed in the state gazette No 2 Vol. 41 of 28 February, 2008.

“Subsequently, all manner of people came on the land claiming that they purchased various portions of the land from the Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Lands and Environment. Some of them even gave our clients copies of Certificates of Occupancy purportedly issued by Lagos State government.

“Investigation by our clients revealed that there is a strong and powerful cartel or syndicate in Lands Bureau led by Mr. Ogunubi, the Executive Secretary, Lands Department that is behind all these atrocities.”

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