Residents of Igbo Ilogbo area of Ayobo in Lagos state have decried the consistent attacks by suspected land grabbers.
The resident called on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu to rescue them from hoodlums suspected to be led by notorious land grabber, Femi Adebayo a.k.a. Scorpion, Heraldnigeria Reports.
The call is coming days after a recent attack on property owners in the community by hoodlums allegedly hired by one Adebayo.
Residents claim they purchased their land from the original landowners, the Olalore family and are wondering why Adebayo and his men would attack them.
A resident who pleaded anonymous said, “The attack caught us unawares a few days ago. The hoodlums suddenly invaded our community and attacked residents with a machete. They forcibly chased us out and locked our houses.
“Many people sustained machete cuts. As I speak with you, I have not been able to return home because the hoodlums are still in the community and I don’t think our lives are safe there anymore.
“We are therefore calling on police authorities both in Lagos and Force Headquarters as well as the Anti-Land grabbing task force to save us from these mindless attacks by hoodlums.”
Wole Adeyoye said they had reported the incessant attacks to concerned authorities but to no avail.
“For several weeks now, we have been living in fear of constant terror by hoodlums at the instance of Scorpion. Scorpion is being misled to attack us on our landed property by a man called Ambali, who has been disowned by the Olalore family who sold the land to us.
“We have reported these attacks in the past to nearby police stations, but this time around, we are calling on the Inspector General of Police, the Special Task Force on Land grabbing in Lagos State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to save us from these thugs are land grabbers.”
One of the victims of the attack, Tyson Ponle said, “The attack has left me and several others with deep wounds on our body. I am still in pain as I speak because the machete-wielding thugs almost cut my arm into pieces if not that I continued to run away from them, I would have been killed.’’
While the acclaimed suspected land grabber leader, Scorpion (Adebayo) said the allegations were false, “The entire allegations are 99 per cent falsehood. I have been a land agent before I became a pastor; I don’t have thugs and I am not involved in land grabbing in any disguise.”