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BREAKING: ‘Bricklayer Shot Dead, Body Taken Away by Land Grabbers in Lagos’

A mother of three, Mrs. Joke Kolapo has narrated how her husband Sodiq, a bricklayer, was shot and killed by a gang allegedly working for a notorious land grabber, popularly known as Ibile in Ibeju-Lekki, Epe division of Lagos State....CONTINUE READING

She spoke at a news conference held on Tuesday in Lagos where activists under the aegis of Human Rights Activists, under the platform of Human Rights Action Watch pleaded with governments and security agents to curb activities of land grabbers across Lagos State.

Speaking at the press conference, Kolapo said her husband was allegedly attacked by land grabbers at a construction site in the community, adding that the assailants also took his body away.

The sorrowful mother of three said things had been difficult for her and her children since her husband was killed.

She said her husband was just working as a bricklayer, a labourer for that matter at the site, not even a native of the land.

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The widow said she was expecting her husband to come home on that particular day and she waited till midnight, but didn’t see him.

Kolapo said that she tried his line several times, but it was not reachable.

According to her, she later went to his friend who introduced him to the job and asked for his whereabouts.

She said that his friend told her that they were attacked by the land grabbers and her husband had been shot dead and his body taken away.

Kolapo said that she was shocked hearing that from him and she cried like a baby.

“Up till now, I have not seen my husband’s body or his burial ground. I am a nursing mother with three children.

“I want the government to intervene and come to my aid and the community.”

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Also speaking at the news conference, the activists said that the threats to life and public peace by land grabbers in Ibeju-Lekki had become unbearable.

The President of the group, Mr Tunji Balogun, alleged that a notorious land grabber, aka Ibile (real name withheld), had continued to wreak havoc in the area brazenly.

Balogun, said that not only the property owners had suffered and were still counting losses, artisans and workers working in some sites also had so many pathetic stories to tell of the havoc of this land grabber and his violent gangs.

According to him, the land grabber has continued to act unlawfully above the law of the land under protection by some security agencies at the detriment of the voiceless people.

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He called on Federal and state governments, and the security agencies to conduct full criminal investigation on the land grabber and all state actors conniving with them.

Balogun said that the notorious activities of these people on Sunday led to the burning down of property belonging to one Esther Otsabomhe, while her workers were also whisked away.

He also cited the example of Sodiq Kolapo was shot and killed by the land grabbers.

He noted and that the wife of the deceased artisan was still in sorrow with three children.

The human rights leader said that if not managed swiftly, the atrocities of land grabbers could snowball into act similar to terrorism in the nearest future.

The community had recently sent a Save our Soul message to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Inspector General of Police to urgently intervene. (NAN)