A civil rights group, Veteran Organization for Human Rights (VOHRI), has asked the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and Commissioner for Police in the state, Mr. Shina Olukolu to intervene in the activities of some land grabbers terrorising the state.
The group in a statement signed by the duo of Comrades Abayomi Sakirullahi, Lead Activist and Abimbola Adekunle, General Secretary, also asked the Director of State Security Service and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly to intervene, raisng the alarm that a group of land grabbers have snatched an eight acre parcel of land belonging to one Mrs Sekinah Olohunosebi and was threatening to kill her if she ever stepped foot on the land again.
This is not the first time CP Olukolu is being tasked on the activities of land grabbers in the state. In April 2019 when he visited the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, upon resuming office, the monarch charged him to work towards curbing the activities of drug peddlers and land grabbers who were claiming properties that are not theirs in Ibadan and other parts of the state.
According to VOHRI, Olohunosebi bought the land on October 21, 2006 on behalf of her two brothers Messrs AbduRasid Olohunosebi and Nafiu Imran at Igbara Village, Elebu area, Ibadan from one Chief Late Busari Ogunkeye of S6/140 Alagbada, Ogunkeye Compound, Kudeti Area, Ibadan, but a group of land grabbers have been terrorisng her since 2017, vowing to kill anyone found on the land.
The statement said: “Eleha Olohunosebi Sekinah bought eight acres of land for her two brothers with full documentations on 21st October, 2006 on behalf of her two brothers Messrs AbduRasid Olohunosebi and Nafiu Imran at Igbara Village, Elebu area, Ibadan from Chief Late Busari Ogunkeye of S6/140 Alagbada, Ogunkeye Compound, Kudeti Area, Ibadan. The vendor of the land late Chief Busari Ogunkeye left his son Mr. Sikiru Ogunkeye as a living witness. In 2006 when the land was bought, land properties were not lucrative then and so it did not attract grabbers. In 2016, when the land was bulldozed and cleared, no one challenged the purchaser then.”
“However, in early 2017, when Sesan Olooto, and his men invaded the land, they did not show any valid documents to show that they were the owners of the land.”
The statement alleged that the police did not act appropriately even after Sekinah reported the case of another invasion on July 22, 2019, adding that the hoodlums invaded the land with guns, beat up the man overseeing the land and removed the corner-pieces and sign-posts, saying the land belonged to someone else.
VOHRI called on CP Olukolu to wade into the matter as it had been at the State CID and also at Elebu Oke-Alaro Police Station, saying that the police have so far not treated the case properly even in the face of constant threat to Eleha Sekinah’s life.