… Seeks Sanwo-Olu’s intervention to retrieve 48 plots of land!***
The Balogun OLooro Family of Akodo town, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State has accused the Lagos State Commissioner of Waterfront of forcefully and surreptitiously grabbing 48 plots of land, belonging to the Olooro family of Akodo town.
A statement E-signed by the head of the family said that it was constrained to alert the people of Lagos State and the Governor; Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the intensive and brazen land grabbing activities and conversion of beachfront properties for private use by Architect Kabiru Ahmed by surreptitiously using government to stylishly dispossess land owners of their property without either paying them compensation or drawing the attention of Government to the need to follow the due process of the law, as globally accepted.
The family cried out that the grabbing of this asset and multiple illegalities that follows it had become more widespread since Arch. Kabiru Ahmed assumed wide power under the government of Mr Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu with the belief that he can get away with whatever wrong he commits.
Explaining the events leading to this land-grabbing attempt by the commissioner, the statement further pointed out that the Balogun Olooro family of Akodo owns a large expanse of land facing the Beach beside the popular EKO-TOURIST and landed properties which housed the former Ibeju-Lekki, Local Government Secretariat and now housing the POLICE BASE in Ibeju-Lekki.
It stated that to the surprise of the family, they started seeing Arch. Kabiru Ahmed visited the property secretly even at odd hours and upon our investigation and challenging him, we noticed a private hotel development plan which is neither for the Federal Government, State Government or for local government and a secret issuance of an allocation letter to an undisclosed private developer in the state by the ministry of lands.
“After the discovery of the above, we requested an official meeting with Architect Kabiru Ahmed via phone calls which he never picked and via text messages which he never responded to.
“Then we engaged the services of an indigenous lawyer who wrote him several letters seeking his attention to explain the prime purpose of grabbing the said 48 Plots for private use and to see how the families can be compensated and not lose the land that is now worth well over One Billion Naira only.
Until the time writing of this letter, the Architect Kabiru Ahmed never responded nor awaken to the yearnings of the landowners, and yet he is seen developing the property without any regards for public interest and without the payment of compensation to the natives.
“Gleaning from the above and without mincing words, we see ARCHITECT KABIRU AHMED as a land grabber in GOVERNMENT UNIFORM who deserves to be sanctioned by the EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE,” the statement emphasized.
The family said that as indigenes of Lagos State, they regard it as a slap for non-Lagosian from KATSINA STATE to come to Lagos State and grab their land by using the force of government to subdue them and get away with it without check from the government.
“THIS IS UNFAIR!!!
We are cocksure beyond reasonable doubt that the Executive Governor of Lagos State is not aware of this land-grabbing mess.
If ARCHITECT KABIRU AHMED is interested in acquiring the property, he should approach the land-owning family for possible negotiations not by using the government to grab what doesn’t belong to him.
The family urged the Governor to caution his Commissioner, who is now using this letter to warn Architect Kabiru Ahmed, and any persons not authorized by the family towards trespassing into their property, contrary to what the Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position is on land grabbing.
“Ownership and possession of the property still reside in the Balogun Olooro Family Of Akodo, Ibeju-lekki, Lagos state as empowered by all the laws regulating property ownership in Nigeria.
“We, therefore, call on the Governor of Lagos State to prevail on Architect Kabiru Ahmed and his shadow land grabbing (Waterfront) cartels to stop this ungodly, illegal, unlawful attempt as it constitutes a criminal attempt to cause a breach of the public peace which may snowball to bloodbath.
“We also call on the State House of Assembly under the leadership of Alhaji (Dr) Rt Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa to commence investigation into this anti-government attempt masterminded by Architect Kabiru Ahmed and his shadow sponsors.
“We want to declare that Nigeria is a country governed by law and all citizens of the country are to submit to the rule of law for peace and justice to reign.
If however, the Executive Governor of Lagos State and the House of Assembly failed to take action on this stray Commissioner from Katsina State, we will take the matter beyond Lagos State and ask the ICPC to look into this land-grabbing spree by a commissioner in Lagos State.
“We have never doubted the capacity of the Government of Lagos State to deal with matters like this as we assure you of our esteem cooperation,” the statement concluded.