The petitioners say policemen attacked an agent who was taking charge of their land.
A family in Igbesa Town located in Ado/Odo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, over the involvement of police officers from Ogun State Command in a land dispute between two families in the area.
The petitioners from Idomesan Family alleged that some policemen connived with some illegal occupants of their land at Odugbe Village to attack their agent in charge of the land.
In their argument, the family stated that the issues of dispute on the land have been resolved at the High Court of Justice, Ogun State in the Ilaro Judicial Division in Suit No. HCL/29/83, where Justice O.A. Ajibola, having ruled on February 17, 1989, that the applicant (Idomesan Family) was entitled to the Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy of Akinwumi Village, Odugbe Village and Kuloye Village.
The petitioners stated that Justice Ajibola made the judgment based on the evidence before the court.
The petitioners said that ruling further established that the defendants’ ancestors were tenants of the plaintiffs’ ancestors’ on the land in dispute and that the latter migrated from Imasai and Iboro respectively.
“By the time of their arrival, the land in dispute had been settled upon by Ojolu Olumesan and that Sangotade made grants of the said land in favour of the defendants’ ancestors,” it posited.
“The final result is that while the plaintiffs have been declared to be entitled to Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy, the defendants are entitled to remain in possession as customary tenants
of the plaintiffs,” the court ruled.
However, the petitioners armed with the 23-page judgment, called on the Inspector General of Police to call his men to order and invite both parties involved in the dispute for
They equally alleged that the policemen who were at Odugbe on the day of the dispute were conspicuously supporting the other party rather than resolving the issue amicably.
The aggrieved family described their agent in charge of the land, Mutairu Owoeye, the chief executive officer of Owoeye and Company, as a renowned professional with unblemished records.
The petitioners stated that the police boss should order his men to stop harassing the agent and his staffers.
The petition signed by the attorney to the petitioners, W.A. Sobayo, was routed through the Ogun State Commissioner of Police.
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