- Residents of Magboro in Ogun state accuse Governor Amosun of demolishing their homes
- The residents claim that the demolition happened even when the issue was in court
- The protesting residents want the federal government and members of the public to wade in and caution the governor
Some residents of Ogun state have accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of carrying out a revenge on them by demolishing their houses after his alleged ally, Adekunle Akinlade, lost the recent election.
Legit.ng reports that the residents, numbering about 50, protested the recent demolition of their buildings inside the Regal Estate at Magboro by the Ogun state government.
Armed with placards carrying various inscriptions, they pleaded with the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians to look into what they believe is illegal demolition of their buildings including churches and shops.
One of the protesters described the demolition as a display of executive recklessness.
"It is a shame that a governor could just wake up one day and with less than two months left in office, descend so heavily on people whose only crime could be said to stem from buying plots of land in Ogun state and getting all necessary documents from the government of the same state," the man simply identified as Ayeni, lamented.
Chief Nureni Farounbi, the head of the family which owns the land, also claimed that the state government's action is not only prejudicial but smacks of contempt of court.
"It is shocking because this is not an area where we have the issue of acquired land because there has been no time the topic of paying compensation to our land has come up.
“As you can see, there is nothing the state government has done to us, no school, no hospital, no water or electricity or even road. The electricity you see here now was as a result of money the family contributed,” he said while noting that all the affected residents have certificate of occupancy.
He said they were in court even before the demolition happened.
"We rushed back to court and we have a hearing fixed for April 18. They started demolishing on Friday, March 22, and about 15 houses including a church and shops have been brought down because the place was sold to people who developed it into an estate,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the Ogun state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, March 18, cautioned banks and other financial institutions against granting loan to the outgoing Ibikunle Amosun.
In a press statement issued in Abeokuta and signed by the APC caretaker committee’s publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, the party warned that any institution that grants such requests does so at its own risk.
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