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  • Updated: May 12, 2024

SPANCI writes IGP, urges investigation into cases of land grabbing, assault of land owners

SPANCI writes IGP, urges investigation into cases of land gr

A human rights organisation, Save the Poor and Needy Charity Initiative, SPANCI, has requested Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun to look into allegations of land snatching and assault on land owners in Ikoyi Ile, Oriire local government area, Oyo State. 

The organisation made this announcement through a petition signed by its President, Comrade Yemi Ezekiel Bello, and submitted to the IGP. 

Bello stated in the petition made accessible to media on Sunday that the group has the approval of Adeniji Joel, Elijah Oyeleye, and the residents of Ogunere, Temidire, Egbejoda, and other neighbouring villages to petition the IGP.

According to Bello's lawsuit, Abel Olaleye Ajadi Elemo has used goons armed with weapons and other deadly weapons to attack people of the above-mentioned villages.

The organisation said the suspect forced his way into the communities, grabbed lands, and harmed the local economy by destroying their crops and plants. 

The petition, copies of which were sent to the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Oyo State, DPP Oyo State Ministry of Justice, Commissioner of Police, AIG Zone 11, Area Commander Owode Area Command Ogbomoso, and DPO Ikoyi Ile police division, also alleged that men from Owode Area Command and Ikoyi Ile division conspired with the suspect. 

The organisation continued to say that several communities had been wrongly detained. It thus asked the IGP to intervene. 

"We have the consent of Mr Adeniji Joel, Elijah Oyeleye and the above-mentioned villages people hereinafter referred to as our clients, who are about five or six villages namely Ogunere, Temidire, Egbejoda and others to write this letter so that their rights might be protected.

"Our clients told us and we investigated the matter and found their allegation to be true and correct that Mr Abel Olaleye Ajadi Elemo who is a serial land grabber and uses thugs with guns and other dangerous weapons attacked them and forcefully entered, seized their lands, maliciously damaged their economy crops and plants and sold their land.

"They alleged that many times Abel Ajadi Elemo would send his thugs to invade their farmland and assault people claiming Elemo is the owner of the land."

They stated that despite Abel Ajadi Elemo and his boys' criminal activities over the years, the Ikoyi Ile police division and the Owode Area Commander's men have always protected him and have not prosecuted him or his thugs, but will manipulate the case to obstruct, prevent, pervert, and defeat the cause of justice by turning the case against them and attempting to implicate them in favour of the Elemo's.

"The recent one is the case of Ogunere people which was reported to us when he sent his thugs to invade Ogunere villagers' farmland and assaulted the farmers and seized their cutlasses, hoes and other equipment used for farming which was confirmed to us by Ikoyi Ile police DCO and they later went to do the same but took that one to Elemo community leader who is Abel's father that told them to bring money to collect it back. 

"Just a few days ago Abel sent his thugs to attack Temidire farmers and one Mr Adeniji Joel was assaulted with a club and cutlass on his head and was taken to hospital by the men of Ikoyi Ile police division, another man Mr Elijah Oyeleye was assaulted with him but escaped and saw some people from Elemo called Omo Meji Onidananun vandalising Elemo's family house building to fix the assaulted and incriminate them but to our surprise the police did not prosecute Abel and his thugs but only arrested 4 people from Elemo's and two people from the assaulted that they vandalised Elemo's family house."

"We believe and have seen that the allegations against the police and Abel Ajadi Elemo are true and that if your noble office does not do the needful police will jeopardize the case in favour of Abel Ajadi Elemo and his thugs against our clients and our clients will be wrongfully and maliciously prosecuted for Kidnapping and other criminal offences which they didn't commit and more casualties will still surface as more villages and their land will be grabbed by Abel Ajadi Elemo who has been handpicked by their local government to be installed as Baale which is seriously dangerous for the peaceful cohabitation of the neighbourhood.

"We also believe that the police may have tampered with or changed the statements of our clients to incriminate them. We hereby demand justice on the said matter and that your good office which has been doing credibly well and has such lawful jurisdiction on the said matter quickly act and call both Owode area commander's men and Ikoyi Ile police division men to order before they maliciously prosecute our clients Adeniji Joel and Elijah Oyeleye on a wrongful allegation in favour of Abel Ajadi Elemo as they have done before because our clients are poor.

"We demand for immediate arrest and prosecution of Abel Ajadi Elemo and his thugs in the interest of justice and fair hearing.

"We also wish to clearly state that both Ikoyi Ile police division and Owode area commander's men investigation should not be trusted because they are working for Abel Ajadi Elemo and not for justice to present innocent as criminal. Please make an investigation from the Oyo state taskforce on real property protection and anti-land grabbing law to know who Abel Ajadi Elemo is." 

One of the assaulted villagers

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