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Ogun Governor, Abiodun Caught In Land-grabbing Scandal, Using Police To Harass, Intimidate Owner

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The landed property, which measures about 2893.2288 meters, is positioned at Iddo Foreshore, Iddo, Lagos state.

Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Governor, has been accused of gross impersonation, assault, and homicide over a landed property belonging to one Alhaji Auwalu Liman in Lagos State, according to SaharaReporters.

It used to be gathered that the governor, in a bid to forcibly acquire the land for his company, Heyden Petroleum Limited, destroyed houses well worth tens of millions of naira, by means of the usage of the police and different protection forces to assault the landowner and occupants.

The assault reportedly led to the demise of some individuals whilst others sustained injuries.

SaharaReporters learned that the landed property, which measures about 2893.2288 meters, is positioned at Iddo Foreshore, Iddo, Lagos state.

Prior to the threats, Heyden Petroleum Limited had approached Liman on various occasions, asking him to provide up the property in alternate for economic compensation and provide which he vehemently rejected.

It used to be alleged that the enterprise then threatened to take over the property except for compensation.

On April 3, a Manager at Heyden Petroleum Limited, alongside three police officers from the Lagos State Environmental Taskforce invaded the property and passed a be aware inquiring for Liman to vacate the premises inside 7 days barring explaining any wrongdoing whatsoever.

On April eleven 2021, it used to be alleged that heavily-armed protection officers of the Lagos State Environmental Taskforce invaded the property, destroyed Liman’s office, prayer residence, and different valuables.

According to Liman’s lawyer, the police really defined that they acted that way due to the fact the property was once being contested through Dapo Abiodun’s Heyden Petroleum Limited and that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano had no proper to be there.

Again, on Monday, the twelfth of April, 2021, Liman’s representatives, which include his lawyers, Iyang Udoema and S. R. Aliyu, visited the Taskforce workplace at Oshodi, Lagos to locate the purpose for the invasion.

They met with the Chairman of the Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye.

According to them, Jejeloye also told the delegation that the reason for the invasion was because the property was being contested by Heyden Petroleum Limited and that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano had no right to be there.

It was gathered that Heyden Petroleum Limited had been making frantic efforts to lease the landed property to any interested party. An inside source at Heyden Petroleum Limited (who pleaded anonymity) also confirmed this to SaharaReporters.

Since the invasion by the Lagos State Task Force in April this year, a certain Michael, an agent to Heyden Petroleum Limited has been marketing the landed property to some persons known to Alhaji Liman (the legal occupier of the land), and persuading them to take lease of the landed property while promising potential buyers that the Ogun state governor, Abiodun would exert his political influence to eject Liman from the property.

It was also alleged that seven persons: Nasiru Muhammed, Umar Garba, Babangida Ibrahim, Muhammed Livia, Abdullahi Balaclava, Dan Fulani, Bashir Idris had been killed since February 3rd, 2016 when the trouble started.

Ten others: Ayuba Imrana, Ibrahim Abdul, Gambo Abdullahi, Hamisu Dauda, Bala Dauda, Baba Mairake, Tsoho Mairake, Usain Adamu, Ahmada Abdullahi, Bashir Sale, have sustained severe injuries at different times during attacks by police officers and other security agencies operating at the request of the Ogun State Governor, and his company, Heyden Petroleum Limited.

It was gathered that on February 3, 2016, the Lagos State Environmental Taskforce, prompted by Governor Abiodun and his company, invaded Liman’s property around 2 am and attacked the workers and other legitimate businessmen and women operating on the landed property.

Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

This led to a fundamental human rights action instituted by Liman’s lawyers in Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1696/2016 at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Despite this, in desperate but failed attempts to dispossess Liman of the property, Abiodun and his company, Hayden Petroleum have continued to harass the workers using police officers and other security agencies to illegally arrest and detain them.

“The landed property of about 2893.2288 meters which is situated at Iddo in Lagos state has been lawfully occupied by Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano who has been carrying out his legitimate business on the landed property since 1976.

“Auwalu Liman, who has been legally occupying the landed property since 1976 and has been paying rents to Apapa Local Government under whose authority the property was, has come under threats and survived several attacks from the Ogun state governor, who is hell-bent on grabbing the landed property through the use of brute force, using the Nigeria Police. 

“We have receipts of payment of rent to Apapa Local Government by Alhaji Auwalu Liman since 1976.

“Upon the taking over of the property by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Alhaji Auwalu Liman was granted license and lease of the property via a letter dated 7th October 1994.

“Subsequently, when the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing took over all the properties at Iddo Foreshore, the ministry ratified Alhaji Auwalu Liman’s lease.

“By a letter dated 22nd April 1997, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing granted a further lease which is subject to payment of annual rent which Auwalu Liman has been paying to the Federal Government over the years,” Liman’s lawyer told our correspondent.

It was also stated that Alhaji Auwalu Liman Kano was still paying annual rent to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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