Members of the Ogun community say the state governor wants to allocate their lands to foreigners.
Home owners and residents of Ajegunle/Araromi Community in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday, in their hundreds, stormed the governor’s office in Abeokuta, accusing the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, of plotting to wipe out the community in the name of development.
The protesters, led by the village head, Tajudeen Aina, and the Iyaloja of the community, Omotayo Amos, carried various placards with inscriptions such as: “We grew up there, we have no place to go”, “Human right save us”, “Please don’t send us away”, “Ajegunle/Araromi our hope”.
The village protocol officer, Samson Ogunsona, while speaking to journalists, said the community had earlier conceded a mass portion of the community land to government where both trailer park and Nestle Company were sited.
He alleged that the government surprisingly sent another quit notice to the residents of over 1,000 houses in the community to quit claiming the government needed the entire land of the community.
Mr. Ogunsona said that over 3,000 people live in the community and earn their living there. He expressed shock that the government would want to destroy that kind of community for projects yet unknown.
The urban and regional planning agency of the state, in a notice made available to PREMIUM TIMES, declared that all buildings in the community, located along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, are illegal and will be demolished. They gave notice to members of the community to quit the area under 24hours after receipt of notice order.
“Notice is hereby given that if the said contravention is not removed within 24hours days from the date of service of this notice, the said contravention shall be demolished and the cost of such demolition shall be recovered from you,” the notice from the agency said.
The community secretary, Temitope Amos, countered government’s allegation that the buildings in the community are illegal structures. He said the buildings have approved survey plan.
He alleged that the Ogun State Government has plans to take over the 120 hectares of land and allocate it to foreign investors at the expense of the residents
“We don’t want development that will deny us our rights and make us to suffer, where do they want us to go,” the community secretary said.
At the scene of the protest, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Security Matters, Patrick Akinduro, assured the protesters that he would make their grievances known to the governor.
Mr. Akinduro said the state government will get back to the residents by Monday.
“I learnt that some people from Ajegunle/Araromi are protesting and came to address you. I will report your grievances to the governor who knows better and we shall get back to you latest on Monday, just ensure you maintain peace,” Mr. Akinduro said.