Residents protest to Lagos Assembly over land issues

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Residents of Labora-Owode Community in Ibeju- Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State on Thursday again stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest the activities of land grabbers in the community.

Scores of the residents had visited the Assembly on Monday praying the Assembly to intervene and protect their properties.

According to them, in spite of their earlier visit to the House, some hoodlums who had taken over some land in their community had refused to leave.

The residents carried placards with various inscriptions like “Please, Save, Protect and Preserve our traditional heritage,” and “Save us from oppression respond to our need.”

Others had inscriptions like “Why should we be rendered homeless”, “Nigeria belongs to all of us, save Labora -Owode from Invasion”, “Please help us to ensure compliance with the court order restraining further destruction”.

The protesters called for the intervention of the House to rescue them from the land grabbers who they said operated with dangerous weapons.

Addressing newsmen, the leader of the protesters, Alhaji Tolani Bakare, Head of Busari Bakare Family, Labora Owode, said that in spite of several letters written to the Nigeria Police, the grabbers’ activities had continued.

Bakare said that the community had obtained a court injunction restraining the grabbers which was not respected.

“Some of our youth that challenged these hoodlums were beaten such that many of them landed in hospital. We are in fear, let the lawmakers defend us.

“Several injunctions handed over by the court to them have been ignored as they have refused to vacate our land.”

Bakare, therefore, urged the House to come to their aid.

Also speaking, Alhaji Hamid Abeed, the Chief Imam of the community, appealed for assistance from the lawmakers, saying many people were living in fear in the area.

No principal officer of the Assembly addressed the protesters before they dispersed.

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