#MainlandersPlea: Land Grabbers Threaten Caleb University’s Existence

INSIDEMAINLAND – The Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos Mainland, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, has appealed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr Sylvester Alabi, to save the institution from the menace of land grabbers trespassing on the university’s land.

According to the VC, the activities of the trespassers are affecting the commencement of work on the institution’s Medical College project adding that the CP paid a courtesy visit to the management during the past week.  

Owens-Ibie also said the trespassers had threatened the lives of the staff of the school, including the Bursary on several occasions.

“There is a portion of the school’s land that has been earmarked for staff housing and we were about to fence the place when these land grabbers called Omo Onile showed up and beat up everybody and disrupted the work. Our Medical College and some projects billed for Ajah-Awoyaya axis is being disrupted too,” he said.

He added that; “We took bank facilities to acquire the land and all the titles and deeds properly obtained. But these land grabbers also prevented us from starting work. In fact, one particular day, they chased away everybody including our Bursar.

“A Lagos State government project was supposed to be sited on our land in the main campus here, but the people did not allow that,” he said.

The VC also called for the establishment of a permanent police patrol team to be stationed along the highway in front of the university gate to discourage undesirable elements and criminals from any attack on the university.

He lauded the police formations and security agencies around the Ikorodu-Imota axis for their cooperation and support for the university.

In his reply, CP Alabi noted that the issue of land grabbing and trespassing has become a major problem in the state but he promises to take action. He stated that the police would intensify patrols of roads so as to ensure the protection of lives and properties.

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