A person, Olatunde Omojesu, has cried out for justice after a suspected land grabber, recognized as Richard Afuwajomo, took possession of his (Omojesu) household property in Akure, Ondo State.
Omojesu famous that the alleged land grabber had claimed he acquired a court docket verdict in his favour and subsequently chased the Omojesu household from the property the place their father had additionally been buried.
The household property is located by Ileriayo Nursery and Main Faculty beside Akure Excessive Faculty in Akure city.
Omojesu informed SaharaReporters that his household was not current within the court docket, neither was there any invitation for them to seem within the court docket the place such judgment was handed.
He said that the landed property in rivalry was bought by his father, Kayode Omosanyin, over 40 years in the past and had constructed a home on the identical property.
Nevertheless, the household identify was later modified from Omosanyin to Omojesu upon their conversion to Christianity.
Omojesu said that the landed property, which Afuwajomo has now claimed to be his, was the place he (Omojesu) was born and introduced up.
He mentioned, “This can be a case of land grabbing. My dad was buried in 2009, earlier than he handed away in 2009, he constructed the primary constructing. I used to be born and introduced up in that constructing and when my father was alive, nobody lodged any criticism even until after his loss of life however 4 years in the past, this man, Afuwajomo simply got here and began claiming that he’s the bonafide proprietor of the land.
“He mentioned he purchased it in 1979, left it and was utilizing it for farming. That was his declare however when he got here, I ensured his arrest at A-Division Police headquarters in Akure.
“I used to be offended that day that I went to lock him up. To my shock, between 15 to twenty minutes, he was launched after which known as one in every of my brothers and mentioned we performed on him however now that we needed to indicate energy, he would present us energy and cost us to court docket.
“The next yr, we acquired a letter from the court docket that somebody introduced a case earlier than them. We gave all of the proof to show that we’re the bonafide proprietor of the land. Earlier than my father handed away, he was the Common Secretary of the landlords’ affiliation.
“The person claiming the home is his does not even know the identify of the road. That was how the court docket course of started. The lawyer informed us he didn’t assume we might go forward with the case. He requested us to hunt the providers of one other lawyer and we had spent a lot of cash.
“We had been simply borrowing loans to pursue the case. Our lawyer launched us to a different lawyer; this second lawyer appeared at a time and we had an higher hand in that case as a result of the choose mentioned there was no case. He famous that how might somebody purchase land and for 40 years, construct nothing on it? The choose already mentioned that the home belonged to the one who constructed the home on the land.
“The choose needed to strike out the case that point however sadly, the court docket was on strike however earlier than they known as off the strike, I used to be informed that the choose had retired and one other choose would take over.
“Then our lawyer began demanding for cash. He was not listening to us and we had been fed up, as a result of we had collected loans. My mom is in essential situation due to this. She will be able to’t stroll once more. She has developed a stroke on the left aspect of her physique and he or she all the time has hypertension.
“Late final yr, this man simply all of a sudden appeared once more that he has gone to court docket and that court docket has granted him the rights over the land. On the very day, one in every of my brothers who stayed in the home was not round however his spouse was round and this man got here early within the morning with two cellular cops and drove them away.
“He additionally ordered hoodlums to demolish the home. We had been shocked as a result of we weren’t in court docket when the judgment was handed. A lawyer didn’t name on us to provide us particulars of the case; there was no warning not till the day the person got here with the judgment assertion.
“He known as on hoodlums to demolish the home however the landlord affiliation of the world objected to it and known as on the road youths that chased away the hoodlums and the cellular cops. I went to the A-Division and officers informed me the case is already in court docket and there’s nothing they’ll do about it; whereas now we have receipt, survey, C/O.”
Omojesu famous the land grabber nevertheless informed them that he had taken over one constructing that had dad and mom additionally buried on it and nothing occurred.
“My father’s burial floor is inside that home and that’s my concern. It isn’t secure with him. I haven’t got entry to the burial floor. This man has fenced it in, locked the gate and put ‘on the market’ on the land,” Omojesu lamented.
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