Lawyer cries out over threat to life, goes underground
A legal practitioners and right activists, Mr Richard Adekanmi Komolafe has cried out over alleged incessant physical attacks and threat to his life and that of his wife and family.
According to the lawyer, his family has come under both physical and spiritual attacks from unknown people as a result of his activism and numerous court cases he had won against some prominent members in the society, thereby putting the life of his wife and children in danger.
The latest of such attacks, he said is the one that happened to his wife shortly after he won a court case against the Nigeria police and a notorious land grabber in Bariga.
In January 2018, Adekanmi had filed a matter before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on behalf of one Okesuji Obatoyinbo, Kunle Amosun, Eunice Obasohan and Stephen Ogunleye, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th applicants respectively, against the Inspector General of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, one Patrick Atayero (ACP), Zone 2, Adeniyi Adekunle (DSP), John Faluyi (ASP), Emmanuel Victor (SGT), also of Zone 2, Gbagada police station, Alex Gwarzah and Kayode Aiyetiwa, the 1st to 9th respondents respectively.
In the suit FHC/L/CS/46/2018, Komolafe had accused the respondents of arresting, threatening to arrest, detaining the applicant and violating the applicant’s fundamental right over a 12,605 square meters landed property in Ilupeju, Lagos.According to the Motion on notice filed before the court, the applicants had purchased the property in 1972 but let part of it to one Mrs Ilaka for an event centre. The applicants later decided to develop the land into residential housing units.
Trouble however began when, during construction, some people began to harass workers on the site and threatened them to leave the land as well as asked for huge payment of money.According to the suit “discreet investigation revealed that the brain behind this is the 9th respondent.’
The 9th respondent was said to have “turned to the police to achieve his goal by lodging “ ill- conceived complaints against the applicants’ which led to the arrest of workers on the site and their detention for two nights at the Gbagada police station on the allegation that they were members of a terrorist group in Lagos.
In spite of the intervention of a deputy commissioner of police at the State Command, which led to the release of the detained workers, the 8th respondent allegedly ran to the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respondents to use their office to subdue the applicants and their workers.’
This allegedly led to further threats, harassment and intimidation from 5th respondent.Therefore the applicants had urged the court ‘ to restrain the respondents from further arrest of the applicant and declare that the action of the 9th respondent to use the police harass and arrest the applicants is unlawful and illegal.’
During trial, Komolafe had told the court that he received further threats from the respondents to deal with him if the judgment should go against them.
In his judgment, Justice Chuka Obiozor berated the police for their involvement in the issue. “The police have no business dabbling into a question of land ownership.“I have failed to find criminality in the allegations against the applicant to justify the arrest, threat, harassment and detention of the applicants by the 2nd, 4th to 8th respondents at the behest of the 9th respondent,” the judge said.The claimant said he’s still receiving threat and has chosen to go underground with his family.