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Magodo: Management orders closure of estate gates

The management of the Magodo Phase 2 estate area of Lagos State has ordered the closure of the estate’s gates.

The action became imperative owing to the continuous presence of over 50 armed policemen in the area and to also protest against the planned demolition of properties in the estate.

It was alleged that the police had accompanied suspected land grabbers and members of a family who had allegedly invaded the estate to claim possession of properties.

While the alleged invasion lasted, the group was said to have allegedly used red, brown and blue inks to inscribe ‘ID/795/88 Possession Taken Today 21/12/21 by Court Order,’ on various properties on the estate.

The suspected family were said to have led the group and armed policemen to the estate to execute a Supreme Court judgment.

The group were about to invade the estate with a bulldozer when the estate management ordered a closure of the gate.

According to the Chairman of the estate, Bajo Osinubi, policemen had remained in the estate despite Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s intervention, with an addition that residents had been living in fear as the policemen move around with their weapons.

Osinubi posited that “More than 50 armed policemen are still around, and they are restless and didn’t go for Christmas and New Year.

“In the morning and evening, they carry their guns around, and you can imagine what will happen if there is a disagreement between the group and residents and somebody was shot, what will be the reaction of the IGP.”

In countering the judgment claim influencing the actions of the invaders, the Legal Adviser, Magodo Residents Association, Tunji Abdulhameed said there was no specification to the area, property, location of the plots of land in the judgment they got in 1993.

He added, “But for you to execute even when you get a judgment, you must still apply for a writ of possession and without it, you cannot enforce the judgment.

“So, when they applied for the writ of possession, and it was approved, we challenged it and that was the time the residents’ association joined the case as we were not part of the case before they got the judgment.

“The essence of the closure of the gate was to create awareness to the public and to draw the attention of the government as to what is happening in Magodo so that we can get protection from them.”

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