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Landgrabbers, police invade Magodo estate

A yet to he confirmed number of residents and businesses have become stranded following their inability to ply the Magodo Phase 2 estate gates to navigate their destinations in and out of the estate located in the Shangisha area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that the Magodo Residents Association shut the estate gates after suspected landgrabbers led by men of the Nigerian police force invaded the estate to claim possession of property in the estate on Tuesday.

According to the Legal Adviser, Magodo Residents Association, Tunji Abdulhameed, the suspected landgrabbers were about to invade the estate with a bulldozer when the estate management closed estate gates to prevent the action.

Tunji Abdulhameed said, “They came around 1 pm yesterday; The land grabbers invaded the estate and the police gave them backing. I asked what they were doing here, and the police said they are trying to enforce judgment.

“I asked for a copy of the judgment but no document was shown to me. What they showed was a newspaper publication which they did themselves to inform the world that they are the owner of the property.

“They had a judgment in 1993 and as far as I am concerned the judgment was not properly captured. The judgment said the government should allocate 549 plots to them with no specification to the area, property, location of the plots of land; in fact, there was nothing to ascertain the property they were talking about.

“The resident associations had a meeting in the evening and thereafter, we just saw a bulldozer at the front of our gate. The police didn’t go and were with them, the bulldozer is still at the other gate. That was why we closed the gate.

“We don’t know whether we are going to open the gate because we don’t know their plan as the land grabbers and policemen are still around. They have a motive they want to achieve; I think the purpose is to use the bulldozer to destroy property.”

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