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Anxiety gripped residents living in Adigbe area of Obafemi Owode Local government of Ogun state as court ordered the family who claimed to be the original owner of the plots of the land in the Adigbe community to take possession and seal over 400 houses in the community.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that the family, identified as Apostle Oyedeji family went into the community in the early hours of Thursday with mobile police, court bailiffs to lock some houses and also pasted notice of possession in some of the houses in the community.
The court had in a judgment delivered on 24th January, 2018 said that Apostle Oyedeji who was a defendant/counterclaimant in a suit presented before the Ogun state high court in 2009 is the rightful owner of the land.
The judgment which was delivered by Justice Abiodun Akinyemi stated that Apostle Oyedeji is the rightful owner of the land which meansured about 19.640 hectares bounded in the front by Bamitomo stream, at the right by Ajegunle street, at the left by Ogun river and at the back by Odemo Adigbe road.
The court granted the counterclaimant the right to take over the land especially those vacant and underdeveloped.
PLATFORM TIMES also gathered that on 18th November, 2019, the court also issued a warrant of possession to Apostle Oyedeji to take over the land as the rightful owner.
However, the warrant issued by the court made Apostle Oyedeji’s solicitor identified as Michftos Nig. Ltd came to seal some houses and pasted the notice of possession to some houses in the area.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that a public notice titled ‘Caveat Emptor’ was pasted on over 400 houses in the community.
The public notice explained that the exercise was done so as to make the residents of the community be aware that the real owner of the land has been granted access to take owneeship of the properties with the 19.640 hectares radius.
Meanwhile, the exercise which was carried out for about five hours in the Adigbe community has led to panic and fear for some landlords and tenants living in the area.
Some of the residents who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES raised concern over the fate of their home on whether they would be asked to pack out or pay some money.
The residents lamented that they were not aware of the case until the rightful owner came with notice of possession.
They however appealed to the Apostle Oyedeji family to tamper justice with mercy by considering the occupants of some of the houses in whatever decision they will take.
Meanwhile, the secretary of the family, Sesan Babatunde told PLATFORM TIMES that proper negotiation would be done with the occupants of the land.
He also said the family is not ready to send anybody out of their home, but to let them aware they as the true owner.
He however the exercise became imperative so as to get the people aware that the family did not authorize any one to sell or lease the lands on their behalf.
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