The family of Owuyo Elemuren has petitioned the Ogun State Government over an alleged forceful eviction from the land by Mr. Kamorudeen Lamina, popularly known as Sir K. Oluwo.
In the petition addressed to the head of the Ogun State Special Task Force on Anti-Land Grabbing, Taiwo Adeoluwa, copied to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the family is seeking the enforcement of the provisions of the anti-land grabbing law signed by the governor last year, by ensuring that Mr. Lamina, his agents and or representatives vacate the land forthwith.
Public Relations Officer of the family, Lanre Anjolaiya in a press release said the Owuyo Elemuren family from time immemorial according to the Native Law and Customs are the owners of the large expanse of land at Igbosoro Elemuren village, Ogijo, Ogun State, The petitioners, Prince Nurudeen Adeyeri, Prince Kehinde Ojulari and Alhaji Segun Alogba, claimed that Mr. Lamina and his agents were spotted on the family land sometime in 2012, and claimed to have been assigned 60 acres of land from some unauthorized members of the family.
He was alleged to have been invited to a meeting with the Executive Committee of the family. At the meeting, documents were shown to prove that those he purportedly got the land from had no stake or authority to assign family land.
“They are the youth of the family, who had since 2006 been assigned two acres of land with an undertaken never to foment any trouble on family land. They have since sold the two acres assigned to them by the family.
“Mr. Lamina reportedly confessed to the elders at the meeting that he was invited by the youth to provide security protection for them and ensure that the elders are driven out of the land. As a compensation for the illegal security assignment, he was assigned 60 acres.
“However, the Executive Committee members at the meeting were alarmed when Mr. Lamina showed the agreement purportedly signed by the youth with him. In the said agreement, Mr. Lamina claimed to have paid N30 million for the 60 acres.
“He was unable to present Family Deed of Assignment or Conveyance and therefore told to vacate the family land. Rather than take heed, he moved into the land to forcefully take possession. This led elders of the family, including the Baale of the village, Baale Adegboyega Lawrence Adeyeri, to flee the village since 2012.
“The family is poised to take full advantage of the new law against land grabbing in the state. As the Baale also prepares to return to his domain, the family prays government’s urgent intervention, keeping in mind the violent nature and antics of land grabbers; who in their desperate bids to grab other people’s land would unleash mayhem on the land and thereafter cause fictitious petitions to be written to the Police or government agencies,” the petitioners stated in the press release.