Police Arraign Suspected Land Grabbers Threatening Eyin-Osa Resettlement Scheme

The Nigeria Police has arraigned six suspected land grabbers before a Lagos Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Tinubu, over an alleged threat to life.

Those arraigned are Sunday Olabayo, Lawal Adefemi, Gbenga Demurin, Idowu Mujaheed, Samsudeen Oluwo, and Dare Majekodunmi.

The suspects are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, threat to life and possession of dangerous weapons, and willful damage.

A legal officer of the Force CIID, Alagbon Annex who is the Police Counsel, Morufu Animashaun, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on July 8, 2023.

According to Animashaun, the suspects conspired and invaded Eyin-Osa Resettlement Scheme at llamijia, Epe, Lagos State.

He said the defendants, who were armed with weapons, threatened to kill one Saheed Abdullahi.

He also told the court that the defendants forcefully entered the resettlement scheme and attempted to take over the community.

The prosecutor added that the defendants willfully demolished and destroyed the existing perimeter fence of land in the resettlement scheme belonging to the complainant without his consent.

However, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Following their not-guilty plea, Animashaun asked the court for a trial date.

He also urged the court to remand them till the determination of the charges against them.

But the defendants’ lawyer, Abayomi Omotubora, applied for their bail.

Magistrate Benard Sonuga granted them N1m bail each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.

While adjourning the matter till August 23, 2023, for mention, the magistrate ordered that they should be remanded in Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending when they can meet their bail conditions.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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