In unison, the people of Agidingbi near Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday rose to fight for their properties which have been ceded to the Akinole-Oshiun family by a Supreme Court judgment.
They marched from their Agidingbi homes to the nearby House of Assembly to protest the verdict which deprived them of what they called their ‘’ancestral properties’’.
The court ceded 398 acres of land in the community to the Akinole-Oshiun family. The judgement is said to cover a large swathe of Lateef Jakande Road, Acme Road, Fagba Close and adjoining streets, with over 2000 buildings.
The protesters said the Akinole-Oshiun family, the judgment-creditor, had given them seven days to vacate their houses.
They demonstrators urged the government to intervene before things got out of hand.
The protesters carried placards wth inscriptions, such as : “There is no ancestral link between Akinole and Agidingbi land”, “Land grabbers are enemies of Lagos State,” among others.
The Leader of Ojodu Legislative Arm, Mr. Wasiu Bolaji-Seidu, who is also a community leader in Agidingbi, described the verdict as a surprise, as nobody from the area was served with court summons.
He said: “Last Friday, they (judgment-creditor) brought a judgment, placed it on our houses and said they have taken over the entire Agidingbi land. Nobody from Agidingbi was part of the case and I don’t know how you will enforce a judgment against a person that was never part of the case.
“Agidingbi has been in existence for over 200 years ago. I was born and bred in Agidingbi; my forefathers were born and bred in Agidingbi and I don’t see any reason why somebody will just wake up and say they are the owner of the community.
“I am over 50 years; my father lived for over 90 years in this community before he died; my great grandfather died at the age of 150 and I don’t know where Akinole is coming from. We have people like Abibatu Mogaji, who was the Yeye-Oba of Agidingbi. We have Femi Okunnu, who is our father in the community. We don’t know where Akinole came from.”
Bolaji-Seidu urged the government to activate the provisions of the Anti-Land Grabbing Law and prevent the matter from degenerating into a crisis.
The Baale of Agidingbi, Chief Ganiyu Ayinde Haruna, said they embarked on the peaceful protest to call the government’s attention to the matter .
The Iyalode of Agidingbi, Evang. Dorcas Faworaja, 83, said her great grandparents were born in the area, “therefore the claimant cannot just come from anywhere and lay claim to the community.”
Receiving the protesters, Deputy Majority Leader Mr. Olumuyiwa Jimoh hailed them for conducting themselves peacefully.
He said the House would look into the petition.