Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, on Tuesday, led members of his cupboard to go to residents protesting towards the continual presence of armed policemen within the Magodo Section 2 Property space of the state.
The policemen not too long ago accompanied suspected land grabbers and members of a household who deliberate to demolish property on the property to execute a Supreme Court docket judgment.
In the course of the invasion, the hoodlums used crimson, brown and blue inks to inscribe ‘ID/795/88 Possession Taken Immediately 21/12/21 by Court docket Order,’ on property on the property.
The group was about to invade the property with a bulldozer when the property administration ordered a closure of the gate.
It took the intervention of Sanwo-Olu earlier than the gates have been reopened, because the Inspector-Basic of Police, Baba Usman, reportedly promised to withdraw the policemen.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the property gates have been once more shut round 6am on Tuesday to protest the continual presence of the policemen.
Talking with our correspondent on the protest floor, the Chairman of the property, Bajo Osinubi, stated the policemen had remained on the property regardless of the governor’s intervention.
He stated, “Greater than 50 armed policemen are nonetheless round and they’re stressed and didn’t go for Christmas and New 12 months. Within the morning and night, they carry their weapons round and you may think about what’s going to occur if there’s a disagreement between the group and residents and any person was shot, what would be the response of the IGP?”
There was, nevertheless, a gentle drama when Sanwo-Olu, who additionally visited the scene, requested the police crew chief to depart the property along with his males.
He stated, “It’s a case between the supposed folks and Lagos State Authorities; it has nothing to do with the residents.
“Please, are you able to name your superior in Abuja and inform them that the governor is right here and because the chief safety officer, you don’t have any enterprise to be in my state proper now and I need you to disengage.”
Responding, the police officer stated, “I’m right here on the instruction of the Inspector-Basic of Police, via the AGF. I’m too small or too low to name them.
“Your excellency, with due respect sir, you may name them. It isn’t my responsibility to name as a result of I’m too low to do this Sir.”
Addressing journalists and aggrieved residents, Sanwo-Olu, who appealed for calm, stated a gathering had been scheduled for Wednesday with the judgment collectors, including that representatives of the affiliation and the police would even be concerned.
He stated, “When the primary try occurred about two weeks in the past, I intervened and should you bear in mind very properly, the motion was speedy and there have been no incidents once more and all through the festive interval, we had began communication.
“One of many issues to first perceive is that the residents, the those who have gone to court docket and the police are my topics. I’ve the accountability to make sure that equity and fairness is entrenched.
“The those who have come stated they’ve Supreme Court docket judgment, rightly so. The residents residing right here have correct titles and means to reside right here; and naturally the Nigeria Police.
“Within the automotive, I spoke extensively with the IGP and with the Honourable Legal professional-Basic and we’ve got resolved all the problems. What we are going to see is that there will likely be a complete stand down and tomorrow, round 11am, we will likely be inviting representatives of the judgment collectors.”
The governor stated a committee had been set as much as invite all events involved to his workplace, including that the state authorities would resolve the matter.
He urged residents to go about their lawful enterprise, assuring that no one could be harassed or their property touched.
He stated, “All of you’ve gotten been fantastic, so, allow us to proceed to take care of the peace that we’ve got in Magodo and I can guarantee you that none of your homes will likely be marked once more and those which were marked, we are going to try to see how we are going to kind it out as a result of battle doesn’t take anyone anyplace; it’s on the desk that we are going to all resolve it.
“I need to enchantment to all of you to face down and return to your homes as nothing will occur to anybody. I’m right here to make sure that Magodo continues to stay in peace and secure for our residents. No matter property that has been locked could be opened as every thing could be resolved.”