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EXPOSED: Ogun Governor, Abiodun In Land-grabbing Scandal, Using Police To Harass, Intimidate Owner




The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been accused of gross impersonation, assault and homicide over a landed property belonging to at least one Alhaji Auwalu Liman in Lagos State.


It was gathered that the governor, in a bid to forcibly get hold of the land for his firm, Heyden Petroleum Restricted, destroyed properties price thousands and thousands of naira, through the use of the police and different safety forces to assault the landowner and occupants. 

The assault reportedly led to the dying of some individuals whereas others sustained accidents.

SaharaReporters learnt that the landed property, which measures about 2893.2288 metres, is situated at Iddo Foreshore, Iddo, Lagos state.

Previous to the threats, Heyden Petroleum Restricted had approached Liman on a number of events, asking him to surrender the property in alternate for financial compensation, a suggestion which he vehemently rejected.

It was alleged that the corporate then threatened to take over the property with out compensation. 

On April 3, a Supervisor at Heyden Petroleum Restricted, alongside three law enforcement officials from the Lagos State Environmental Taskforce invaded the property and pasted a discover requesting Liman to vacate the premises inside 7 days with out explaining any wrongdoing in any way.

On April 11 2021, it was alleged that heavily-armed safety officers of the Lagos State Environmental Activity pressure invaded the property, destroyed Liman’s workplace, prayer home and different valuables.

In line with Liman’s lawyer, the police merely defined that they acted that method as a result of the property was being contested by Dapo Abiodun’s Heyden Petroleum Restricted and that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano had no proper to be there. 

Once more, on Monday, twelfth of April, 2021, Liman’s representatives, together with his legal professionals, Iyang Udoema and S. R. Aliyu, visited the Taskforce workplace at Oshodi, Lagos to search out out the rationale for the invasion. 

They met with the Chairman of the Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye.

In line with them, Jejeloye additionally instructed the delegation that the rationale for the invasion was as a result of the property was being contested by Heyden Petroleum Restricted and that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano had no proper to be there.

It was gathered that Heyden Petroleum Restricted had been making frantic efforts to lease the landed property to any celebration. An inside supply at Heyden Petroleum Restricted (who pleaded anonymity) additionally confirmed this to SaharaReporters.

Because the invasion by the Lagos State Activity Drive in April this yr, a sure Michael, an agent to Heyden Petroleum Restricted has been advertising and marketing the landed property to some individuals recognized to Alhaji Liman (the authorized occupier of the land), and persuading them to take lease of the landed property whereas promising potential consumers that the Ogun state governor, Abiodun would exert his political affect to eject Liman from the property.

It was additionally alleged that seven individuals: Nasiru Muhammed, Umar Garba, Babangida Ibrahim, Muhammed Lifia, Abdullahi Balaclava, Dan Fulani, Bashir Idris had been killed since February third, 2016 when the difficulty began.

Ten others: Ayuba Imrana, Ibrahim Abdul, Gambo Abdullahi, Hamisu Dauda, Bala Dauda, Baba Mairake, Tsoho Mairake, Usaini Adamu, Ahmada Abdullahi, Bashir Sale, have sustained extreme accidents at completely different occasions throughout assaults by law enforcement officials and different safety businesses working on the request of the Ogun State Governor, and his firm, Heyden Petroleum Restricted.

It was gathered that on February 3, 2016, the Lagos State Environmental Activity pressure, prompted by Governor Abiodun and his firm, invaded Liman’s property round 2 am and attacked the employees and different reliable businessmen and ladies working on the landed property. 

Properties price thousands and thousands of naira have been destroyed. 

This led to a basic human rights motion instituted by Liman’s legal professionals in Go well with No: FHC/L/CS/1696/2016 on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Lagos.

Regardless of this, in determined however failed makes an attempt to dispossess Liman of the property, Abiodun and his firm, Hayden Petroleum have continued to harass the employees utilizing law enforcement officials and different safety businesses to illegally arrest and detain them.

“The landed property of about 2893.2288 metres which is located at Iddo in Lagos state has been lawfully occupied by Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano who has been finishing up his reliable enterprise on the landed property since 1976.

“Auwalu Liman, who has been legally occupying the landed property since 1976 and has been paying rents to Apapa Native Authorities below whose authority the property was, has come below threats and survived a number of assaults from the Ogun state governor, who’s hell-bent on grabbing the landed property by means of using brute pressure, utilizing the Nigeria Police. 

“Now we have receipts of fee of hire to Apapa Native Authorities by Alhaji Auwalu Liman since 1976.

“Upon the taking on of the property by the Federal Authorities of Nigeria by means of the Nigerian Railway Company, Alhaji Auwalu Liman was granted license and lease of the property by way of a letter dated seventh October, 1994.

“Subsequently, when the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing took over all of the properties at Iddo Foreshore, the ministry ratified Alhaji Auwalu Liman’s lease.

“By a letter dated twenty second April, 1997, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing granted an additional lease which is topic to fee of annual hire which Auwalu Liman has been paying to the Federal Authorities through the years,” Liman’s lawyer instructed our correspondent.

It was additionally acknowledged that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano was nonetheless paying annual hire to the Federal Authorities of Nigeria.

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