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There is panic among residents of six communities in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State over an alleged invasion by a real estate company identified as Megamound Limited.
The residents accused the real estate company of allegedly hijacking not less than 46 hectares of land belong to the six communities.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the six communities were Idita, Agba, Ejire, Arowa, Olubo and Alako Erigboro.
The residents on Wednesday barricaded the entrance and exit of the community to stop the invaders from accessing the lands.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that the residents were armed with placards with various inscription which include; “this is an injustice fencing, say No To land grabbers, Kabiesi Oba Alake save our soul, we did not sell our land to Megamond, this is an injustice fencing our living House’s without court order”, among others.
Speaking on behalf of the affected communities, the Oluwo Ijemo/ Aro of Egba, High Chief Oluyinka Kufile said the real estate company stormed the community few weeks ago to claim about 46 hectares in the villages.
Kufile further explained that the real estate company is currently laying bricks to block residents of the communities from accessing their homes.
The Egba chief also alleged the real estate company of using the men of Nigeria Police Force to harass residents of the communities.
He added, “they erected fence around the six villages without any court order. They blocked people from accessing their homes.
“They claimed Alako-Alagbe village sold the land for them, but the said community is not affected in the whole saga.
“We want the invaders to leave our land, we did not sell any land for them, they should stop harassing us with Nigeria Police.”
Corroborating him, the Chairman of Alako-Erigboro community, Comrade Olalekan Adebayo also explained that the alleged land grabber sent some bricklayers to the community with police officers to guide them during their work.
He further accused that some of the officers shot sporadically into the air.
Adebayo however said the beating of a member of community triggered the angry youths in the area to block all roads to ensure that the officers do not escape before the arrival of the police boss.
In addition, the aggrieved residents took their agitations to the Palace of the Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
The Alake, also organised a meeting between the aggrieved residents which include the baales, home owners, youths and the owner of Megamond Real estate company, Olumide Osunsina.
At the meeting, Osunsina claimed he bought the land from the state government about 16 years ago alongside with the Certificate of Occupancy.
The Real estate CEO added that the Alako-Alagbe village who claimed to be the owner of the communities were heavily compensated.
He however appealed to the communities to list their demands.
But, the residents insisted that the real estate should leave their villages which had been in existence for years.