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Court remands businessman over alleged land grabbing

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
23 September 2022   |   3:26 am
Justice Serifat Sonaike of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, remanded a businessman, Gabriel Okafor Uzondu, in Ikoyi Correctional centre for alleged land grabbing.

Justice Serifat Sonaike of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, remanded a businessman, Gabriel Okafor Uzondu, in Ikoyi Correctional centre for alleged land grabbing.
    
The judge made the order after the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against him by the men of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ForceCIID) Annex Alagbon-Ikoyi Lagos.
  
The defendant was charged for conspiracy, forcible entry, procuring of armed hoodlums,  land grabbing and breach of public peace.
  
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Morufu Animashaun, told the court that the businessman and others at large, sometime in September 25, 2019, at International Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, invaded and forcefully took possession of a land occupied by a traders group, the Association of Progressive Traders of Nigeria, within the complex.
  


The defendant was also alleged to have hired armed hoodlums and thugs, who used violence and forcefully, invaded and took over the land without lawful authority, for the purpose of securing entry into the Land that was being occupied by the members of the Association.
  
Animashaun also told the court that the acts of the defendant and others now at large, led to breakdown of law and order in the market.
   
The offence, he said, contravened Sections 411; 52 and 168(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and sections Section 2 (3); 3 (1)(3)(b)(4)(a)(b)(1) and 7 of the Properties Protections Law, 2016.
  
Following the defendant’s plea of not guilty, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him in custody pending the hearing and determination of the charge.
  
The defendant’s counsel told the court that he was yet to file his client’s bail application and asked for a short date.
 
The judge subsequently ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody, till the hearing and determination of his bail application.
 
Justice Sonaike, while adjourning the matter to November 14, for trial, fixed October 11, for hearing on the defendant’s bail application.