Ipetu people accuse police of complicity in land grab

The people of Ipetu Babalode Iju, Ota in Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have appealed to the Inspector General Police,IGP, to prevail on the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, from Adeniji Adele in Lagos State from aiding land speculators in the community.

They also appealed to the Ogun State Government, traditional rulers, as well as other well-meaning Nigerians to save members of the Adelupo family in the community from extinction.

In a petition by Folorunsho Oyetoro, counsel to the Adelupo family, to the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Muhammed Abubakar, the community accused the SARS of colluding with land speculators to unleash terror and forcing them to abandon their ancestral homes.

In the petition, the community alleged that hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes by persons suspected to be thugs, working for the Itusi royal family headed by one Chief Taofeek Ebelamu.

They also alleged that the thugs, led by one Inspector Soji, invaded the community with dangerous weapons, drove families away and destroyed their properties.

They further stated that the thugs invaded their land and whisked away some members of the Adelupo family who were also detained for days at Adeniji in Lagos.

In the petition, Oyetoro stated that shortly after SARS operatives invaded the community, one Femi Adebayo (a.k.a Scorpion) and other heavily armed thugs hired by the Itusi family also started shooting sporadically with intention of eliminating the Adelupo family.

Counsel to the family further explained that it had since instituted a civil action against the intruders in Suit No. HCT/90/11which he said, was already receiving the deserved attention before the invasion of the community by members by Femi Adebayo and his terror gang.

Speaking with Community Mirror, the head of the Adelupo family, Alhaji Mohammed Yaya said, the area from where the Itusi royal family came to invade the community was six kilometers away from their ancestral home.

Yaya, who wondered why Ebelamu and his group would come from far away to take possession of Ipetu Babaode land however, appealed to the state government, the human right groups and other necessary authorities to save the family from extinction.

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