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Ogun council boss dragged to police over land

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The family of Iyanda Ogundeyi in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has dragged the Chairman of Odeda Local Government, Bola Lawal, before the state Commissioner of Police over an alleged land document forgery.
 
In a petition to the commissioner of police, a copy of which was made available to The Guardian yesterday, the family wants the police to investigate the alleged forged document on a four-acre of land within the council area, which the council boss is parading.
 
They accused Lawal of plan to take over the parcel of land, off Abeokuta/Ibadan Expressway, at Gbobagun village in the Obantoko area of the local government.
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In the petition entitled ‘Petition of forgery and fraudulent representation against Mr. Semiu Bola Lawal,’ they accused the council boss of using his office to oppress owners of the land in question.
 
While two of the documents attached to the petition confirmed that the land did not fall within the government acquisition, the third one allegedly paraded by the council boss stated otherwise.
 
The document allegedly paraded by the council boss dated July 3, 2020, titled: “Charting Information Report,” read that the disputed land fell within committed government acquisition.
 
But the other two documents being paraded  by the family with the same title and allegedly issued  by the same bureau of land and survey contradicted Lawal’s document .
 
According to the family, the outgoing caretaker committee chairman of Odeda Local Government fraudulently distorted the charting certificate relating to the land.
 
“Lawal is parading a false document dated July 3, 2020 and representing that our client’s family land is part of acquired land by Ogun State Government on behalf of Odeda Local Government. We hereby seek your indulgence for this matter to be investigated in the interest of justice. We look forward to your prompt intervention.”
 
But Lawal denied the allegation, saying the council had acquired the land since 2002 before he assumed the office.
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“Government has invested a lot on that land and they continue going there, selling it. The family had agreed to collect compensation over the land.
 
“They have gotten part of that compensation; we agreed on about N3m as compensation and they had collected almost N700,000 out of the money and they even signed for it. They went to collect a certain charting information of the land. As a government, can we go and forge a land document again? Will the government be issuing a document for another government and so I don’t know where they saw a  forged document.
 
“It is not about the Chairman of Odeda Local  Government. It is about Odeda Local Government, not me as a person,” he said.
When contacted, the Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Aina Salami confirmed that there was a land  issue involving Odeda council.
 
Salami, however, said he might not be able to state categorically if the same matter he was referring to was the one under discussion.

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