Residents of Itun-Agan community in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Lagos Mainland, have appealed to the state government and the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, to save them from land grabbers.
Some residents of the community alleged that the land grabbers were using a man popularly called Ajase, with the assistance of men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and policemen from Alado Police Station, to threaten, harass and intimidate them on a daily basis.
According to New Telegraph, the latest of such attacks was said to have occurred last Sunday leading to the arrest and detention of an octogenarian, Chief Lot Ikuesan, the community head, alongside some other prominent indigenes. They were said to be in detention at the SARS office in Ikeja.
Speaking on the attack, a member of the community, Mr. Alaba Asemudara said; “we have lived in this community for long time now. The present Baale, Chief Lot Ikuesan, an 82-year-old man, was born in this community in 1936. Before he became Baale, his three brothers had been Baale. His father, Olowolagba Ikuesan, was the first Baale of the community, while his grandfather, Olowolagba was the one that founded the community.
“This community shared borders with four communities – Snake Island, Tin Can Island, Itamaro village and Ifako village. We had resisted attempt by the first Onisiwo to take over the community in 2005, because we dragged him to court and he failed to appear and we subsequently abandoned the case. To our surprise, some people whom we do not know where they come from is now laying claim to the land and using police to threaten us.”
“We are appealing to the Inspector-General of Police to save us from the officers of SARS who are being used to harass us,” he added.
Another victim of the invasion, Olusegun Esanmore said: “we have written series of petitions over the activities of the land grabbers to the police, starting from Ilado Police Station to Area L Command in Alakija and Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, but no action was taken. What we see all the time is that those that we petitioned against were being supported by the police to unleash terror on our Baale and the entire community.
“We have been to court and have secured order against them, still the land grabbers who are using Ajase in connection with SARS, are still attacking us and unleashing terror on us. Since Sunday, our Baale, a 17-year-old boy, Adebowale Abudu, and some prominent members of the community have been detained by SARS at Ikeja, and when we seek their release, we are told to bring N50,000 for each person.”
The residents appealed for help from the state government adding that the authorities including the police should come to their rescue.