Six communities descended from the Irasusi family, Sagamu, Ogun State, have filed a suit against the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and three other defendants over alleged illegal takeover and sale of their farmland without adequate compensation.
The claimants, led by Babatunde Mabawonku, through their counsel, Ade Adeoye, filed the suit with No. HSC/215/14 at High Court, Sagamu on October 30.
Also joined in the suit as defendants are Attorney General of Ogun State, Teju Industries Limited and Springfields Agro-Allied Limited.
The claimants/communities include: Melufen, Farati, Ateri, Rasusi, Olowu and Erejigon. They said the Irasusi family owned the parcel of 250,165 hectares land sketched out in survey sketch plan number OG/1286/2012/30 which includes all six communities and is located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the Sagamu Interchange axis.
The plaintiffs in the suit said they were surprised that on June 16, the representatives and officers of the 1st-4th defendants moved into a part of the land in dispute with bulldozers and cleared it. They alleged the first defendant, the state Governor, did not serve a notice of acquisition of the land on the claimants.
The claimant’s witness statement reads:
- That our said solicitors submitted survey sketch plan number OG/1286/2012/30 of the land in dispute to the Ogun State Bureau of Lands and Survey for charting and requested for a charting information certificate from the Bureau.
- That the 1st defendant did not serve a notice of acquisition of the land in dispute on the claimants. That the Ogun State Government did not pay any compensation to the claimants.
- That it is the claimants family entire parcel of land, together with our villages, primary school attended by our children, farms with cash crops and economic trees, polling unit and religious sites of great antiquities that the 1st defendant has purportedly compulsorily acquired.
- That the claimants and all others whose live depend on the land in dispute have no other place to live and settle as we do not have land at any other place.
- That the 1st defendant had commenced the sale of the land in dispute to private investors-the 3rd and 4th defendants inclusive,at several millions of naira.
- That the 1st defendant sold 10 hectares of land out of the land in dispute to the 4th defendant for the sum of N130,922,000.00. That the Ist defendant also issued a Certificate of Occupancy to the 4th defendant for the portion of the land in dispute sold by the 1st defendant to the 4th defendant.
Other claimants in the suit are: Olanrewaju Sodipe, Efuwape Akinrinola, Folake Efuleye, Nurudeen Odudele, Oladapo Ogunlowo, Adebayo Ayinla, Lasisi Akinsanya and Solomon Okinrinde.