Protests As Govt. Demolishes Houses, Proposed Varsity In Ogun State

By Sandra Nwokocha –

Residents staying in Irashusi-Oja oba and Ajegunle-Araromi Communities in Ogun state, on Wednesday, came out to protest against the demolition of their houses, farms and businesses by the state government, saying the government wants to displace them.
Their grievances were made known in a press release made available to
Explaining their displeasure to the community leaders, the affected persons said about 20 houses and a proposed private university hve been demolished in Irashusi -Oja Oba and Ajegunle-Araromi Communities, km 60 Lagos-Ibadan expressway in Makun Shagamu in Ogun State.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting residents, the Head of Ajegunle Araromi Community, Chief Tajudeen Aina accused the Director General of the State Land Bureau, Adewale Daisi of allocating the community lands to strangers without informing the community.
He alleged that if the activities of the State Government continue unchecked, more than 2,000 people will be displaced without any resettlement plans.
According to him, the communities are suspecting that some officials are planning to sell their lands illegally without their consent. He said that over 20 residential buildings, a proposed private University and other structures harbouring some small businesses have been pull down without any notice since the beginning of the crisis.
Chief Aina however stressed that the community does not know the position of the state government on its land.
His words: “We don’t know if they have the backing of governor Ibikunle Amosun or not but we don’t think our Governor will want to render us homeless. We have given enough land to the state government, we gave them a lot of lands for the trailer park and yet they want to displace us from our ancestral home”.
He continued: “Our community has existed before the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, we are a pride of Ogun State, as small as we are, travelers stop here to eat and relax during their journey to Lagos. We have been staying here for over 100 years.”
Also speaking on the matter at hand, the community General Secretary, Amos Temitope said officials of the Ogun state Land Bureau had continually harassed members of the community on a daily basis.
According to him, more than 30 youths have been arrested by Police Officers attached to the Director General of the State Land Bureau.
“In the last two weeks, over 70 youths have been severely injured, while more than 30 have been arrested and taken to Abeokuta, they are not even charged to court”.
He however called upon the Police authorities to call its officers to stop their inhuman activities in Irashusi-Oja oba and Ajegunle-Araromi Communities.
“We are harmless citizens of this country and we want the Police to stop this daily attack on us, The Police are to protect us and not to intimidate us. The government should come and tell us what they want from us or disassociate themselves from these illegal activities on our land.
“Government just wants to take this land from us, we don’t know if it’s the state government or some powerful individual using the state government officials.
“Our land has not been acquired by the state government so we must be consulted and considered for any activities to be carried out upon on it,” Temitope Concluded.

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