OGUN, Nigeria – The State Police command has arrested nine persons, who were described as “members of a notorious land-grabbing syndicate.”
They were arrested on Sunday for allegedly unleashing violence on the people of Agbogun village, Ewekoro local government area of the state.
Police named the suspects as Gbenga Odeniyi, Michael Ramoni, Idowu Dauda, Rasmus Hammed, Ade Lukman, Femi Fadahunsi, Yakubu Akinwande, Owolabi Shobayo and Sikiru Balogun.
OgeneAfrican gathered that a distress call was received at Obada Oko divisional headquarters from the Baale of the village, who had alerted the police that the suspected land grabbers from different areas of Ifo, Atan, Gasline and Sango Ota have invaded his village.
They were reported as “violently attacking the people and extorting money from those working on their construction sites.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the DPO of Obada Oko division, CSP Benard Ediagbonya, mobilised his men to the scene, “where they met the suspects attacking one Mrs Oniyide Folashade and one Mrs Agbogun, who were developing their sites.”
Oyeyemi, disclosed that the “hoodlums fled the site upon sighting the police”, saying, however, that they were chased down and nine among them arrested.