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Land Crisis: Magbon Alade Community begs government to intervene

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Indicts Hon. Raimi Kazeem
 

The ongoing land dispute in Magbon Alade town in Ibeju Lekki Local Government area has been on for some years.

However, in recent time, the situation has worsen with attacks, bloodletting and even deaths taking center stage.

The cold seaside town which used to be known for its peace and serenity has now turned a war zone with residents and indigenous land owners being attacked randomly.

Recently, an attack alleged to have been sponsored and carried out by some cultists led to the death of a woman identified as Asidatu Muibi, while many others suffered various degrees of injuries.

Our investigation revealed that on the fateful day of the attack, the now deceased Muibi’s son identified as Rasheed was chased home by some assailants.

As he sought solace in the comfort of his house, the assailants tried to gain access to the apartment, but his mother shielded them off, asking what her son had done wrong.

Unfortunately, she became the subject of their attack, as she died the following day after receiving the beating of her life from her attackers.

As if that was not bad enough, another recent attack saw Thompson Sola, a middle aged man and cab driver being attacked with a machete.

Speaking, Sola wondered how a once serene community had now turned into a killing zone. According to him, the attacks were sponsored, while the perpetrators were well paid. Asked if there could have been a reason why he was attacked and Sola answers thus “I operate a car hire service. Coincidentally, I am the one who drives one of the parties involved in the dispute. So, my sin was simply that I am the one driving them around town.”

Further, Sola, revealed that the conversation between him and his attackers before his attacked saw them accusing him of being the person who brought the duo of Shitta and Salami to Alagbon Police Station the day they were arrest. “Some of these boy had been earlier arrested before they were granted bail. On the day of the attack, they were asking me if I was from the community, and what was my business with the land dispute. Before I could reply, they started beating and using their Machete me,” Sola toldwww.theoctopusnews.com, adding that his attack was indeed a reprisal attack.

Lawyer to the Salami Family and Chairman Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Epe Branch, Sunday Abimbola Sunday of Opada Chambers said “This is not the first time these people would be attacked. Their houses were demolished without a court order and with a case still subsisting in court. Hon. Raimi Kazeem is directly involved in this matter. He is the one leading the other boys, he is their financier. It is a shame that an Honourable of the Lagos House of Assembly would descend so low.

He has shown total disregard for law and order and is insulting the constitution by not allowing the case in court to be decided. When you take a case to court, you allow the court to decide the outcome,” he said.

Investigation by this medium revealed how one Pastor Olusegun Awe’s hectares of land in Magbon Alade was sold to another person identified as Paschal Ofia for N120, 000, 000 by Hon. Kazeem. Speaking with us, Awe said that he had it on good authority that the Honourable had been paid N25, 000,000 and wanted to collect his balance which is yet to be paid to him due to the issues surrounding the land. “With the election coming, Hon. Kazeem is doing everything to make sure that I abandon my land because he wants to collect his balance to facilitate his election.”

“There is nothing that they have not tried to do to me. I have been beaten, I have been molested, there have threats to my life and my contractor was beaten and labeled a member of the Badoo cult group all in a bid to make us leave our investment. How is that possible? You will be surprised that even the father of Hon. Kazeem asked me if I was ready to die for the land. We have cases in several police stations, but the honourable always uses his influence as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly to influence the out. I am sure he was the one who arranged for Task Force to come and arrest me and my staffs on our site, it was when we were being interrogated that we found out that we were alleged to have been mining on the said land.”

“When we were arrested, I told the leader of the team to do an on the spot inspection and show me any sign of mining of the land, but he couldn’t. I was beaten and pushed into the truck on the day, it was a shame, all because someone who is not even a wants to forcefully takeover my property.”

This dispute did not start yesterday, as there have been petition written and cases filled as far back as 2009.

A case instituted on the disputed land was struck out by Hon. Justice Shitta-Bay on 10 November 2009.

A petition by Adebowale Azeez & Co. dated 31 July 2018, and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, The Nigerian Police Force, FCIID Complex Area 10 Garki, Abuja confirms the fact that dispute on the Magbon Alade land is something that the police is aware of.

The petition with head Petition Against Hon. Raimi Kazeem, Ogunbiyi Samodu, Ogunbiyi Basut, Ogunbiyi Rotimi, Ogunbiyi Shuaibu, Lawal Deinde, Odunaja Tajudeen, Otugada Akeem, Shitta Idowu, Shitta Oluwadare, Kazeem Ekundayo, Odunaya Tunde, Otugada Wasiu, Igara Abiodun, Otugada Shakiru, Arogundade Saidi, Arogundade Suluka and others alleged intimidation, harassment, murder, robbery and threat to life.

Interestingly, Hon. Raimi Kazeem, one of the people alleged in the petition is a sitting member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA).

Ismaila Salami and Bariyu Shitta, the former being the family head of the Salami Family of Magbon Alade indicted Hon. Kazeem in the matter at hand. According to him, “Kazeem is the leader of the people who want to forcefully steal our land. He is the leader of the other group of people, he can’t deny it.”

Our reporter sought out Hon. Kazeem to speak on his involvement in the land dispute to no avail.

A text message sent to his mobile phone was not replied.

Presently, the safety of the lives of those living in the community remains unguaranteed, as they continue to dread the presence of unknown faces in their community.

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2019 Elections: The Army staged a coup against Rivers state – Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the Nigerian Army staged a coup against Rivers State during the 2019 General Elections, describing their actions as the worst in the nation’s democratic history.

Addressing the Joint House of Representatives Committees on Army, Police, Human Rights and Justice at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the Nigerian Army acted illegally because they were working to impose a pre-determined leadership on Rivers State.

He said: “It is really unfortunate. All of us know that there was a coup in this state, organised by the Nigerian Army. In the history of this country, it has never happened where during an ordinary election, the Army will begin to kill people for no just cause.

“Because they believe a particular person or a particular party must win, it doesn’t matter how many people die. It was shown on National Television. We watched how the Army invaded the whole Electoral Commission “.

He regretted that the Federal Government has never worked to assist Rivers State Government fight insecurity.

“This is the only state the Federal Government has never assisted to fight insecurity. Instead of us to team up and fight insecurity, you politicize it.

“Even if you make recommendations, nothing will happen. I don’t know whether we are in a military regime or Civil Administration”, he said.

The Governor noted that aside the Army, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARs) has been a major anti-democratic force in the state, since the 2016 rerun elections.

He pointed out that the F-SARs murdered a Ph.D. Holder and Chartered Accountant in cold blood simply because they wanted to subvert the will of the people.

Governor Wike wondered why the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army is still unpunished, despite the negative roles he played during the elections.

“The GOC here is a politician. Nothing has happened to him because he was sent. If it was when the country was a country, you cannot be keeping that GOC. He is sabotaging the security network “, he said.

He suggested that urgent measures be taken to rejig the security architecture of the country, in view of the nation-wide security challenges.

The Governor said rather than address the security challenges facing the country, security agencies move against critics of security failures.

Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Army, Rimande Shawule Kwewum said that were in the state to investigate killings by the F-SARs on the basis of a motion by the Member Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Mr. Kingsley Chinda on the killing of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe during the elections.

He said that the joint House of Representatives Committees are in the state are on a fact-finding mission.

He said that the Committees will sit down and allow all the stakeholders to state their positions for the committee to arrive at the truth and make relevant recommendations.

The Federal Lawmaker said that there is a correlation between insecurity and under-development. He said that countries that suffer insecurity hardly make progress.

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Dabiri-Erewa lauds Buhari over release of Zainab Aliyu

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the release of two Nigerians arrested in Saudi Arabia.

Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who embarked on Lesser Hajj in Dec. 2018, was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of banned substances.

Ibrahim Abubakar, another Nigerian, was also detained by Saudi authority for alleged drug-related offence.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman on Tuesday in Abuja announced the release of the two Nigerian detainees by Saudi authority

Dabiri-Erewa, who gave the commendation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said Buhari’s timely intervention saved the two Nigerians from being punished for offence they did not commit.

“We thank God and thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his immediate intervention.

“When we brought the matter to him about two weeks ago, he immediately directed the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure Zainab and Ibrahim were released.

“All I can say is, I am happy that this young promising girl did not get punished for an offense she did not commit,” she said.

The presidential aid, however, expressed concern over the authority’s was handling of case of the suspects, who allegedly planted banned substances in Zainab’s bag at the airport.

“My worry is that those who set her up are now on bail. NDLEA must ensure prosecution of those culpable.

“Egypt Air and Ethiopian Air must ensure compulsory baggage identification of passengers.

“All the cases we have had so far have involved only those two airlines. Security surveillance at our airports must also be strengthened,” she said

The permanent secretary had said that the release was as a result of intense diplomatic engagements between the Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

He said that the ministry made great effort to establish their innocence.

Suleiman noted that the government had raised several note verbal with the Saudi Embassy in Abuja and their Consulate in Kano over the matter.

He said that the news of her release was heartwarming to the government and Zainab’s family. (NAN)

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Dangote donates 2,160-bed hostel to ABU

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AFRICA’S foremost businessman and Aliko Dangote Foundation Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote donated at the weekend a 2,160-bed space hostel complex to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.

The hostel, comprising 10 blocks of 360 rooms, built at  N1.2 billion, is coming after similar gestures to Bayero University, Kano and University of Ibadan, Ibadan, where the business mogul donated multi-billion naira business school complexes, respectively as part of his contribution to the education development in the country.

The inauguration of the hall of residence coincided with ABU’s 41st convocation during which the varsity conferred on Dangote and the renowned Labour leader Hassan Sumonu, honourary Doctorate degrees.

Also 15,787 graduating students were also awarded various degrees.

The President of Dangote Group explained that he was moved to build the structure having realised that the students’ population at the universities have recorded significant increase without a corresponding growth in terms of infrastructure.

He lamented that the situation has remained a subsisting and growing major challenge as public varsities grapple with under-funding.

Dangote said: “Thus, I will like to use this opportunity to enjoin the Federal Government to consider allocating special funds to the universities to enable them to improve on research and upgrade their infrastructure. Such special intervention has become imperative given the perennial funding challenges facing our universities.”

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