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Cultists collude with land grabbers to commit mayhem in Ikorodu, 1 police & 3 others killed

By Kolawole Akintunde

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The notorious activities of cultists that have become pervasive in some areas of Ikorodu reared its ugly head last Saturday

In a bid to take over some people’s land, some land- grabbers, it was learnt, led some notorious cultists to invade a community at the Gberigbe area of Ikorodu local government in Lagos State leading to the death of a policeman and three persons

The Secretary to the Orelade/Ladera Royal Family of Gberigbe community, Mr Olayiwola Akanmu, whose family owns the land narrated the incident that culminated to the dead of the policeman and three persons to news media said it was after some mobile policemen who had been keeping watch on the community were withdrawn early June this year that made the area vulnerable to incessant cultists attacks, working in cohort with some land grabbers in the vicinity.

When asked if the matter has been reported to the police, Akanmu said the police at Imota police station are aware of the matter but has not taken the necessary proactive action to bring the situation under control

Mr Akanmu narrated that before now there have been palpable tension within the community following an alleged previous murder which took place on May 20th after the land-grabbers and cultists who have been terrorising the community had a clash with some soldiers on patrol which eventually made the cultists to relocate temporarily out of the community

It was however learnt that after a while the cultists and the land-grabbers came back to the community and petitioned the police in Abuja, at the homicide section, to investigate the murder that happened when they had a clash with the military boys.

However, the presence of some policemen in the community became a hindrance to the cultists and land grabbers from terrorizing the entire community and in the process take possession of people’s land illegally and resell to unsuspecting buyers

In order to remove the policemen from the community, the land grabbers, it was alleged again, petitioned X-SQUAD in Abuja led by one ASP Emmanuel and Inspector Rachel who later withdrew the policemen from the community on Friday 20th August 2021 and the land grabbers and their gangs allegedly invaded the community the following day Saturday 21st August 2021 to commit their mayhem in the community and in the process gruesomely murdered one policeman and three other persons

Akanmu said the Gberigbe area of Ikorodu local government is currently not safe and therefore called on the Inspector-General police and other relevant security agencies to come to their rescue

As I speak with you, said Mr Akanmu, there is tension in the Community as people cannot go about their daily businesses for the fear of another attack

Also the Baale of the community, Chief Olugbenga Adaralohun who spoke on the issue said the Orelade-Ladera family owns the land that the land-grabbers want to illegally take possession of. According to the Baale, the matter has been settled in the court which gave the title of the land to the Orelade Ladera family.

The Baale opined that the law of the country and that of the Lagos State negates people taking laws into their hands even the use of land grabbers to forcefully take over people’s land without going through the law courts is illegal

Efforts to get the other party’s story proved abortive as none of them were on ground to speak with journalists at the time of filing this report

Meanwhile, the police from Area N Command, Ijede, has arrested one Shola aka Baba Esu and three others in connection with the mayhem and are currently in the police custody now!

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