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Land Tussle: Lagos Community floors former APC chairman, Oyegun, Others

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Mojisola Lawal
….As SLG lauds State Govt for issuing C of O to the community

A Lagos Community, Olakitan Estate Phase Community Development Association in Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, Alimosho Local Government area of the State, has floored the former National Chairman, All Progressives
Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, his wife, Victoria and Awogboro family in Court over land matter located at Olakitan Village.

It was alleged that Chief Oyegun and his co-travelers had made frantic efforts to take over the land covered the approximation of 72.42 acres in the area illegally by detailing his few elements of Awogboro family
to be causing panic and crisis in the area because some of the people living in the Olakitan Estate were loyalists of ruling APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the current administration in
the State.

The Plaintiffs (Oyegun and his cohorts) in a suit number: FHC/L/CS/313/2014, challenged the Head(Baale) of the Olakitan Village, Chief Hassan Taiwo, the Federal Ministry of Lands and Housing & Urban Development, the Federal Attorney-General & Minister of Justice,
Executive of Governor of Lagos State,Lagos State Ministry of Housing, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning &Urban Development, Lagos State Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice and Person Unknown over the ownership of the land.But Oyegun and his co-travelers were failed to prove their matter before the Court beyond reasonable doubt,
after which the Court struck out the matter.

Delivering his judgment, the Presiding Judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Justice Babs Kuewumi, disclosed that the Court had listen to the argument of 5th & 8th defendants which were Executive Governor and Attorney-General& Commissioner for Justice of
Lagos State respectively in the matter, praying the Court during the proceeding of 10th day of June,2016, to strike out the suit for wants
of diligent prosecution with cost.

Justice Kuewumi granted the request and the suit was struck out for wants of diligent prosecution and the cost of sum of N20, 000 were awarded against Oyegun and his people but in favour of defendant which the Court ensured that they (Plaintiffs) paid before taking any step on the proceedings.

Earlier, the Lagos State Government issued the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to Chief Hassan Taiwo Olakitan (Baale) and Mr. Amos
Azeez Olanrewaju, the C.D.A. Chairman, on behalf of themselves members of Olakitan Village in Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos State, adding that the community (Olakitan Estate) were given Certificate of
Occupancy (C of O) alongside of no fewer than Thirty-Nine (39) communities in the State at the same day of 24th April, 2015.

Speaking on the controversy surrounding the Estate on Friday, the Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG),Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman
commended the State Government for issuing the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to the rightful owner of the community (Olakitan
Village) in 2015,urging the Intruders and hoodlums claiming otherwise to stay away from the peaceful community.

Comrade Suleiman who maintained that the group would soon write on behalf of the people of the community to the State Governor, Mr.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu to intimate him on the need to ensure that  Oyegun and his Co-travelers were not causing crisis in the State for
political reason.

He therefore urged the people of the community to be law abiding by living in peace and continue with their legitimate life.

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