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Alleged Human Rights Violation: Lagos Lawyer Petitions NHRC Over Unlawful Arrest Of Clients


BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU  

LAGOS STATE,  NIGERIA - The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),  has been called upon to investigate and intervene in the human rights violation of his clients, who he alleged were harrased and unlawfully arrested by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). 

The call came from a Lagos-based lawyer, Lanre Oyetunji,  in a complaint letter addressed to the Exefutive Secretary of NHRC. 

Specifically, Lanre Oyetunji, explained that his clients, Gbenga Arogundade, Sukurat Arogundade, and Kazeem Arogundade of the Iberekodo Community, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State,  Nigeria, we're unlawfully arrested by the Police orchestrated by one Adewale Moshood Musefiu, Otunba Olatunde Arogundade, Idowu Arogundade and DPKAY Homes.

Lanre Oyetunji particularly in the letter dated October 22, 2019, argued that the Iberekodo community is the benefial owner of the vast acre of land situate, lying and being at Iberekodo Village,  along Eleko Road, Magbon, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to Lanre Oyetunji, the community from time immemorial has been exercising acts of ownership in and over the subject land without disturbance from any qusrters whatsoever.

Lanre Oyetunji noted that sometime in 2010, the community entered into negotion with one of the engineers working for Arogundade, Engr. Omotsola Ogbe, who had approached the community for the sale of part of the Iberekodo community land.

Lanre Oyetunji said: "Further to the negotiations, the community agreed to sell and assign approximately an area of 20.156 acres (120 plots) to Engr. Ogbe in the total consideration of the sum of N36,000,000 (Thirty-Six Million Naira).

"At the time of sale of the subject matter, it was mutually agreed that Engr. Ogbe would commit resources towards proccessing the excision of the subject land by the Lagos State Government in favour of the community as the land was said to be under government acquisition. 

"To this end,  Engr. Ogbe made payment required from him for excision of Iberekodo community land and a file was opened for the proccess at the Ministry of Lands, Alausa, Lagos with the File No. KL/7583.

"Recently, our client (Engr. Ogbe) observed that certain persons came to the subject land and started trespassing on the parts of the land. 

'At the time, representative of the community were delegated to confirm the identity of these trespassers and they were from a community called DPKAY Homes and property Limited. 

"Our clients got to know that the DPKAY Homes were brought by one Adewale Moshood Musefiu, Otunba Tunde Arogundade and Idowu Arogundade.

"Following the discovery, we made an official complaint to the Lagos State Special Task Force on Land Grabbers on behalf of our clients (I.e Engr. Ogbe and representatives of the Iberekodo community) thereafter, the parties involved in the trespass (DPKAY Homes, Adewale Moshood Musefiu, Otunba Tunde Arogundade and Idowu Arogundade) were invited alongside our clients by the Lagos State Special Task Force on the 14th of October,  2019 to amicably resolve the matter. 

"But they (trespassers) failed to honour the invitation while our clients were available and duly represented at the scheduled meeting.

"However,  to our surprise,  rather than attend the summons from the Special Task Force: DPKAY Homes, Adewale Moshood Musefiu, Otunba Tunde Arogundade and Idowu Arogundade engaged the instrumentality of the Police Force, to harras and intimate our clients and members of their family. Without any Police Investigation,  one Inspector Rebecca (08065680352) from the IGP Intelligence Response Unit on Saturday, the 18th of October, 2019 at about 5am, arrested Mr. Gbenga Arogundade, Mrs. Sukura Arogundade (wife of Waliu Arogundade) and her son, Kazeem Arogundade and detained them at the Police Station, Ajiwe till 3pm the folwing Sunday, 19th of October,  2019 for no just cause.

"It is worthy to note that the Police is seeking to arrest the same set of persons who have voluntarily honoured every invitation from the Police Headquarters. 

"The following members of the Arogundade family, namely, Alhaji Monruf Nofiu Arogundade, Waliu Arogundade Gbenga Arogundade, Tosin Arogundade, Segun Muraina Aro, Sheriff Apena, Talaitu Kunle Ajanaku and Mutaila Alugbere (as representatives of the Iberekodo community) have not failed to honour invitation at every given occassion to the Police Headquarters in respect of this matter."

"In the light of this, seeking to apprehend them at 5am without any prior invitation or without following due process clearly presupposees that DPKAY Homes, Adewale Moshood Musefiu, Otunba Tunde Arogundade and Idowu Arogundad might


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