Ogun Cargo Airport: Land Owners Demand Compensation From Government
Representatives of the families owning the 136.070 hectares of land acquired by the Ogun State Government to build the cargo airport at Iperu have staged a protest to call for compensation over the land.
The affected families led by Alhaji Waidi Alaka, including elderly men and women, protested to Governor Dapo Abiodun’s residence in Iperu from where they moved to the acquired land carrying placards with various inscriptions like ‘Our land is all we have’, ‘Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development respect Court Judgement’, ‘our land has been sold to unknown persons’, ‘government must follow the law, respect the rule of law’.
According to the protesters, the acquisition of their land without compensation is a breach of the law and called on the Ogun state government to redress the situation.
The leader of the families Alhaji Wahidi Alaka explained that the acquired land was a farmland along Iperu-Ilishan Road, measuring 136.070 Hectares.
He described the action of the Ogun state government a breached of Section 44 of the Land Use Act and Section 44 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Other members of the families also expressed their unhappiness with the state government for not carrying the families along in the use of their ancestral land.
The protesting family members, also, exhibited a copy of an Ogun State High Court judgment which they stated had declared them the rightful owners of the land.
The family members called on the state government to compensate the family members in line with the Section 44 of the Land Use Act.
The protesting families said were not against acquisition of their land for the cargo airport, they however hinted that they deserved to be compensated in line with the letters of the land use Act and theConstitution.
One of the families lawyers, Mr Babatunde Oshilaja advised the familie to shun actions that could cause a breach of the law and order.
Among others, some of the inscriptions read thus: “Governor Abiodun please come to our rescue; Our Land Is All We Have Left; Our Support For Government Should Not Be a Curse to Us and ‘Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Respect Court Judgement.”
The protesting family members, also, exhibited a copy of an Ogun State High Court judgment which they said declared them the rightful owners of the land.
Other members of the family that participated in the protest were Assistant Head of the Family, Mr. Neye Moibi, Family Secretary, Mr. Shobamowo Taiwo and Olumuyiwa Olayinka among others.
The protesting families include, Orunbo, Irabon Arogbo, isalu, Isapetu and Ayeren.