A large turnout of people from the Okun-Obadore Community at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State recently staged a protest over the alleged takeover of the farmland from the owners of Amen Estate and founders of Redbrick Homes Limited.
The property in question is a big expanse of farmland of roughly 35 acres.
Talking on behalf of those protesters who were carrying placards with a variety of inscriptions, a lawyer, Dr Onweneke Williams-Joel, alleged that”sometime in March 2021, upon a regular inspection to the website, our client was accosted by heavily armed mobile policemen who dared to shoot at sight anybody found within the massive section of the property belonging to the neighbourhood”
Williams-Joel reeled further that upon further investigation, it was found that over 35 acres of land community’s overall land had been encroached upon by one Mrs Shade Gbadamosi and her husband, Mr Tunde Gbadamosi, owners of Amen Estate and founders of Redbrick Homes Limited, whom the neighbourhood never entered into any form of trade with.
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“Given this circumstance, our customer instructed us to make a report to the division of the Assistant Inspector General, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon, Ikoyi to repel the illegal invasion of their property from parties unknown. Unfortunately, the trespass lasted,” the lawyer noted farther.
He said so that as a result of the Gbadamosi and the wife have denied the community access to their livelihood since most of the community people are fishermen and farmers.
The attorney consequently appealed on behalf of the community to the office of the Director-General, Lands Bureau; Attorney General of Lagos State and the Governor of Lagos State to speedily come to their aid as issues are gradually being escalated, adding”our client requires is for an impartial committee to be set up to settle the disputes legally by reversion of our client’s property back to them. We will go to some length to receive justice in this matter and we expect that the spirit of the law is followed to the letter”.
When contacted Mrs Shade Gbadamosi, she explained, “We legitimately bought the land from owners.”
She denied the allegation of encroachment, saying her company officially bought the land from the owners, who had been properly and legally resettled to the place by the Lagos State authorities and had records to show for it.
“We’re a reliable, transparent and innovative real estate development firm with almost two years of trading history in Nigeria. There are gangs of property grabbers/omo-onile/ajagungbale, usually working under the cover of local communities, and occasionally secured by unscrupulous land speculators masquerading as decent real estate developers, selling imitation property to unsuspecting, hard-working Lagosians at home and abroad, who usually end up losing their savings to these flashy charlatans working around Lagos State for some years now.
“They’ve become such a significant problem to Lagosians they necessitated the creation of this Anti-Land Grabbing Committee from the state government. We have petitioned the said committee, as well as the hearing, is still ongoing, even as the committee has already taken several steps. They defied government directives of the committee, but we prefer to run unambiguously within the ambit of the law”, Gbadamosi noted.