By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Following repeated invasion of Lufuwape community in Obafemi-Owode Local Government area of Ogun State by land grabbers, indigenes and residents of the domain on Sunday called for Governor Dapo Abiodun’s intervention.
They lamented that the attacks have made life unbearable as well as nightmares for them.
Speaking on behalf of the community at a Press Conference, the Vice Chairman of the Community Development Association(CDA), Mike Opia lamented that the suspected land grabbers were being aided by security personnel to torment residents over their landed properties.
Opia, who appealed to Governor Abiodun to come to their aid, added that a number of buildings under construction had been forcefully pulled down at gun point by the bandits.
The Vice Chairman recalled that in one of the attacks launched by the bandits, he was hit by bullets fired by the land speculators, stressing that a number of residents were also victims of the violent attacks.
He said the residents could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.
While showing a number of structures destroyed by the bandits to journalists, Opia accompanied by other elders of the community, said the community had reported and written petitions to the Ogun State Police Command on the matter but no feedback till date.
His words: “We started experiencing this bad taste from the landgrabbers since 2010 till date, these guys are aided by some security personnel, many of them established to be coming from neighbouring Lagos State. We have written to police command, but no feedback till today”.
The Community Development Association, however, alleged that the gang leader, one “Moruta Afolabi”, had evaded arrest and was walking freely on the street after being established to be responsible for the shooting of the residents.
Opia said one of the residents, identified as Adebayo Omorenu, was kidnapped during one of the attacks, with the aid of some suspected cultists in the area.
“We are using this medium to passionately appeal to our Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the government of the state to come to our aid, before the bandits ruin our community. We have been suffering in silence since 2010 and we cannot bear the humiliation and threat any longer, ” he said.