Baale of Imokun community in Eredo local council development area, in Epe Division, High Chief Suwaliyu Muritala, has called on the Lagos state government to come to the rescue of Epe residents as activities of land grabbers are becoming unbearable.
Muritala made the plea while speaking to journalist in Epe, Lagos.
He said that the land grabbers, popularly called “Ajagun gbale” invaded the community, destroyed properties, and chased away the original land owners while work on the land was ongoing.
“This is becoming intolerable and barbaric. The government should come to our aid and put a stop to this turmoil cause by the land grabbers in this community.
“The people in the neighborhood don’t sleep with their two eyes closed anymore because of these land grabbers whose activities are both in the day and at night.
“If this issue is not address on time, it might lead to violence between the community youths and the land grabbers and I don’t want it,” he said.
A youth leader in Eredo community, Tunde Adedeji, also urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to mediate on the problem as a matter of urgency.
He said that Lagos State was freed from the ungodly act of land grabbers during the past administration led by Akinwunmi Ambode.
A member of Surveyors Association of Epe Division, Mr Ibrahim Adeola, who spoke earlier said that the crisis caused by the land grabbers recently in the community has cost the association a lot of money in settling dispute.
He said that several millions and properties have been injected into solving the dilemma caused by the land grabbers in the community.
Adeola mentioned the communities where the land grabbers have invaded, to include; Imokun, Eredo, Epe central, Ikosi-Ejirin, Agbowa, Ibeju lekki, among several others.
He said that several petitions have been written to Commissioner of police, Lagos state, Divisional Police Station in Noforija and Epe, Traditional rulers in Epe Division, Nigerian Army, Community leaders, Politicians and Department of State Security, all to no avail.