A large turnout of residents from Fenwa Community in Apata, Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State, recently staged a protest over the alleged wrongful takeover of their land by popular Estate developer Adron Homes.
The disputed land is situated in Bako, Egan-Arin, Fenwa Community in Oyo State.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters who were carrying placards with various inscriptions, in front of Oyo State Governor’s Office, the Mogaji Olajumoke of Fenwa Village, Sunday Olayori, alleged that in March 2021, residents of the community discovered upon routine inspection that Adron Homes was encroaching on their land.
He said: "Landowners have been accosted many times by heavily armed thugs and police officers who shoot and beat landowners without discrimination.
The Mogaji explained that further investigation revealed that over 250 hectares of the community’s land had been encroached upon by Adron Homes.
He added that nobody in the community has entered into any form of transaction with the foremost estate developer.
“Given this situation, we have decided to plead with the Governor of Oyo State to save our souls. Adron Homes has continued to trespass on our land.
"As a result of this, the firm has denied the community access to their livelihood as most of the member community are farmers."
Olayori called on Governor Dey Makinde to speedily come to their aid as matters were gradually being escalated.
"All we require is for an impartial committee to be set up to settle the disputes legally by reversion of our land to us.
"We shall go to any length to obtain justice in this matter and we hope that the Government of Oyo State would come to our aid."