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Lagos businessman seeks IGP’s interventions on forceful land acquisition

By News Desk

A businessman, Akinfolabi Akindele, has appealed for the intervention of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, to investigate an alleged threat to life and forceful possession of his undeveloped land in Lekki, Lagos state.

Akindele said that the Police boss’s intervention would help save his life, ensure sustenance of court ruling and protect the land from being taken over illegally.

He alleged that the land in contention was previously subjected to litigation which he won, but the other parties, who were not satisfied with the ruling, had been trespassing on the land.

According to him, his company was dully certified to manage the large expanse of land by original owners, Iyalode Efuronye Tinubu, through the Power of Attorney donated by trustees of the estate.

Akindele added “It is on this premise that ever since I took over the management of the estate as the attorney, but there are a flurry of oppositions and some were allegedly land grabbers who daily inundate me with a threat to life.

“Sometimes ago, I had to resort to seeking the protection of the police while I also instituted a court action to challenge the title of these trespassers. And some of the alleged trespassers include Babatunde Orilowo, Akanni Mutairu, Farouk Agbationika, and others in the state.

“Their opposition is against the undeveloped land in Okun Ajah Lekki, Lagos state, which is also part of the vast land of Efuronye Tinubu. They however did not produce rival title documents or any other rather than concocted and fabricated stories of customary ownership which is at variance with established facts in the various Judicial determination of the ownership of the land by various courts in Lagos as far back as 1912.

“I thereafter sought for the deployment of a mobile police force to protect the land from further invasions subsequent to which our client provided a container as a shelter for the mobile men on the sight.

“However, they originated a petition to AIG zone 2, Lagos, who without any further investigation sent his men to the land and arrested and detained men engaged in the construction of the 2nd shelter for the Mobile men the result of which the entire place was left unguarded and unprotected.

The businessman alleged that the action aided the suspected land grabbers to invade the land and threatened that no one could ask that they leave the property.

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