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Police Arraign 69-Year-Old Orotoye In Oyo Court Over Land Grabbing

The Zone 11 Police Headquarters, Osogbo, on Tuesday, arraigned a 69-year-old man, Kamilu Orotoye, before a Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Iyaganku, Ibadan, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, forceful entry to a portion of land, and illegal grabbing of 1434019 square metres of land belonging to an Ibadan businessman.

The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the offence and the Magistrate, Mrs. M. M. Olagbenro, granted him N500,000 bail with one surety in like sum. Hearing in the matter was thus adjourned till May 6, 2024.

Before his arrest by men of the Zone 11 Police Headquarters, Osogbo, the land owner, Dapo Davies, had on 6th September 2023, through his lawyer, Niyi Okanlawon, petitioned the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, asking him “to stop one of the staff of his Ministry from shielding and aiding some land grabbers, who in spite of a pending suit at an Ibadan High Court, have continued to construct a building on his land at Oke Padre area of the metropolis”.

When arraigned via the charge marked: MI/448c/2024, the Prosecutor, Femi Olaniyi (ASP), told the court that Kamilu Orotoye “and others now at large sometime in year 2015 and in 2023 at Ogunpa, Oke Padre area, Ibadan, in Ibadan Magisterial District, did conspire to commit an offence to wit: forcible entry/conduct likely to cause breach of peace, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 517 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38 Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000”.

On the second count, the defendant and others in the same district allegedly “caused a breach of peace by forcibly entering a parcel of land which is in actual and peaceable possession of Dapo Davies, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 81 of the same Criminal Code”.

The third count alleged that Kamilu Orotoye and others in the same place “did illegally grab about 1434019 square metres of land situated at Ogunpa Oke Padre area, Ibadan, property of Dapo Davies, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 7(1) of Real Property Protection Law, Oyo State of Nigeria, 2016”.

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