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  • Updated: March 29, 2024

Army disrupts Osogbo, enforcing land repossession judgment

Army disrupts Osogbo, enforcing land repossession judgment

Members of the Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association have been forcefully stopped and chased out of their land by Nigeria Army personnel.

They were chased off the land by the Army on Thursday while attempting to execute the judgment of an Osun State High Court on the disputed land.

It was gathered that trouble started when the landowners gathered and attempted to take fresh action in line with the judgment of Osun State High Court to take possession of their rightful land from the Nigeria Army.

Some armed military officers from the Engineering Construction Command, Ede, Osun State in their uniform stormed the land and stopped the ongoing action of clearing the land.

All efforts to tell the soldiers that the landowners were executing the court judgement proved abortive as they insisted that work must stop immediately while threatening to shoot anybody who failed to vacate the land.

Also, Journalists and some landowners were rough handled and molested by soldiers. 

The land was formerly in the possession of the Nigerian Army.

The action of the land owners is coming following the judgment of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife, mandating the Kelebe-Omu land owners association to repossess their land from the Nigerian Army.

It was gathered that the Osun State High Court on January 10, 2023, in a judgment delivered by Justice Ayoola, directed the Nigerian Army to pay the claimants, Kelebe-Omu land owners association the sum of N200,000,000 and also for claimants to possess their lands.

In January, 2024 that the landlords protested to the Osun State Government Secretariat and House of Assembly where the Speaker, Adewale Egbedun assured that the matter would be looked into.

The Counsel representing the Kelebe-Omu land owners association, Umar Farouq Mohammed alleged that institutions responsible for leading others to obey the rule of law are the ones breaking them.

Meanwhile, Kelebe-Omu Land Owners Association through their counsel, promised to file a contempt of court suit against the Nigeria Army over what it described as a continued “trespass”.

"The conduct of the military men as illegal and a contempt of the court. I will soon approach the court to file a contempt against the Army.

"We are here to implement the judgment of the Court on this matter. Only for the Army officers to storm here and stop us. This act is illegal and we shall be filing a contempt of the court against them.”

Muhammed also reported that up till date, no appeal has been filed on judgment as the time has elapsed. 

Chief Amodu Akanbi, the Chairman of the Kelebe-Omu land owners association and Oluponna of Osogbo disclosed to journalists that men of the Nigerian Army came to disrupt the enforcement of the January 10 2023 Court judgment on the land.

Amodu noted that all documents relating to the court judgment have been forwarded to the office of the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army headquarters, Abuja, including Ede Barrack.

He added that the action of landowners is to execute the Warrant of Possession by the Osun State High Court since the Nigerian Army headquarters had acknowledged the court judgment, included that this is the second time that armed soldiers will come and harass landowners on their land.

“We are making this known to the public that men of the Nigerian Army always threatening to kill us any time will attempt to go back to our ancestral lands as ordered by the Court of law.

“We were here working on our land while three armed men of the Nigerian Army came with guns to stop the tractor and dragged us away. We have engaged surveyors who are here to measure the land as ordered by the court. The intimidation by the Army is too much but we will never relent in taking possession of what belong to us."

 

 

 

 

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