By Kunle Adedoyin
Some landlords in the Magboro and Ibafo communities in the in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, are now in dilemma as the Supreme Court delivered judgement on the 31-year-old legal tussle on the land spanning over 89,944 hectares in the Ibasa-Ajegunle community in the LGA,
The apex court in the judgement delivered in suit No. SC.2018/2004 upheld the judgment of the lower courts and as such, conferred ownership of the land on Shomolu Okuseinde family against the Adejonlu Abinu family,and subsequently on May 23, 2019, issued a warrant of possession to the Shomolu-Okuseinde family after 31 years of litigation on the disputed land.
Many landlords and residents of Magboro and Ibafo who purchased their respective plots of land from the Adejonlu family last week Tuesday staged a protest to the Ogun State Government House as well as the state House of Assembly in Abeokuta over alleged threats to come to their rescue and save them from the moves of the Shomolu-Okuseinde family to reclaim about 500 properties in the two communities.
The protesters described as phony the court judgment reportedly obtained by the Shomolu Okuseinde family to forcefully eject them from their homes.
Hoeever, Oba Adekunle Alao, the Olu of Ibasa-Ajegunle, in denying the allegation of being a land grabber leveled against him by the landlords in the Magboro and Ibafo communities, said his family (the Somolu-Okuseindes) legally secured a Supreme Court judgment
The monarch, who spoke to journalists in Abeokuta on Sunday, expressed shock over the accusation that he and other members of the family were engaged in land grabbing in the areas.
Alao advised the Magboro/Arepo Community Development Council to desist from raising what he called a fake alarm to get public sympathy under the guise of being attacked by land grabbers hired by the Somolu Okuseinde family.
He described the allegation as a big embarrassment to the family, which he described as law-abiding, stressing that it would not engage in illegal ejection of landlords from their homes in the Magboro and Ibafo communities.