Some residents of Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State stormed the state assembly on Monday, seeking help following the destruction allegedly done in some communities in the area by land grabbers.
The residents displayed placards, some of which read “Justice Must Be Done”, “Task Force On Land Grabbers Is A Toothless Bulldog” and “Save Our Soul From Land Grabbers.”
Mr Tunde Popoola, who spoke on behalf of the residents, said the affected communities include Opo Olomi, Oluwo Opo Olomi, Itapampa, Adeoba Oniponpo, Adeba Ajagunna, Oko Ile, Alabula, Seriki Alabula and Alaga.
Popoola said that land grabbers, on April 7, destroyed several houses and rendered many people homeless in the communities.
He said that the land grabbers went to the areas with tractors and lorries, pursued residents, and beat some of them to stupor.
According to him, almost all the houses in the area have since been destroyed.
“We have gone to court over the matter and there is a court injunction restraining them from the land, but they did not obey the court order.
“We want the Lagos State Government to come to our aid because this is the ancestral home of these people.
”The forefathers of the displaced residents found the communities and the whole area is about 1,561 hectares,” he said.
Popoola added that the matter had been reported at several police formations all to no avail,.
Addressing the protesters, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa promised that they would work on the petition and ensure that justice is done.
“We will do justice to the report. We will make sure you are not deprived of your right, but do not take laws into your hands.
”We will look at the petition and send it to the necessary committee, which would look into the matter and invite some of your people and representatives of the land grabbers for discussions,” he said.