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Ekiti family warns against trespass on disputed land  

By Seye Olumide, Ibadan 
26 October 2021   |   1:23 am
Apempe family of Orereowu, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has warned Ape family and those working with them against appropriating any portion of disputed land at Oke Ofin, comprising Surulere...

Apempe family of Orereowu, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has warned Ape family and those working with them against appropriating any portion of disputed land at Oke Ofin, comprising Surulere, Irewolede, Olorunda, Olorunsogo and others in Adebayo area of the capital city.
 
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti, leader of the family, Alhaji  Abdulazees Apempe, warned landlords against having any dealing with Ape family pending the time the matter at the appeal would be adjudicated upon.
 
Apempe said the warning became imperative following attempts by some unscrupulous elements to cede some portions of the land in the area for commercial purposes, describing such move as illegal and contemptuous.

 
He said the Apempe family had appealed the judgment of the High Court in Ado Ekiti, delivered on February 27, 2019, in a case marked HAD/24/2011, filed by Alhaji Apempe against Chief Sunday Ape, John Agboola Ajileye and Folake Ogunsuyi over the land at Oke Ofin.

He stressed that it was tantamount to disrespecting the judgment of the Appeal Court for anyone to be appropriating or allocating land in these areas to anyone for private or commercial purposes when the case has not been determined at the higher court.
 
The family said the land under dispute was adjudicated upon in 1973 by the Supreme Court, and the apex court pointed out where the demarcation was at Oke Ofin between the two families.

Apempe warned that any attempt to forcefully hijack the land under any guise would mean that Ape family had violated the judgment of the Supreme Court, because the places allocated to them by court didn’t include those areas. 
 
He said anyone who bought part of the lands in those encumbered areas at this time risks forfeiting the lands in future, because they were acquired through fraudulent means.