Land grabbing, Cultism: Ogun Assembly Asks Abiodun To Set Up Special Taskforce - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, April 1, 2022

Land grabbing, Cultism: Ogun Assembly Asks Abiodun To Set Up Special Taskforce

Ogun State House of Assembly has expressed concern over the rising spate of cult related killings in some part of the state, asking Governor Dapo Abiodun to urgently set up a Special Taskforce to address the disturbing trend of cultism particularly in Sagamu and  Abeokuta,the state capital which has affected  commercial activities with many business owners shutting  shops earlier than the usual closing hours

The State House of Assembly during its plenary in Abeokuta,made the call after passing  a resolution , explaining that  setting up the Special Taskforce across the three Senatorial Districts of the State is in compliance with the provisions of the State Anti-Land Grabbing and Anti-cultism and Other Related Offences Law 2016 

Edu-Biznews recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari had gave  security agencies including the Nigerian Army, the marching order to clamp down on the Cultists and fish them out from  their hide- outs, few days after the governor directed the security agencies to relocate to Sagamu from Abeokuta, to contain the spread of the ugly situation

The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader Sheriff Yusuf, seconded by a member representing Ijebu North I State Constituency, Sylvester Abiodun and supported by other lawmakers at a plenary presided over by Speaker Olakunle Oluomo at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The resolution was prompted by the presentation of a member representing Abeokuta South 2 State Constituency, Ademuyiwa Adeyemi, who reported cases of rivalry cult clashes in some parts of the State resulted in killings and apprehension by residents of communities in the State, who had to hurriedly close their business premises and shops.

On his part, a member representing Ifo 2, Ganiyu Oyedeji also presented a case of illegal enforcement of court judgment on land matters affecting over 50 communities as aided by some security personnel including policemen and soldiers at Olorunsogo and Sunren communities in Ifo; which was against the provision of the existing Anti-Land grabbing Law in the State.

The duo had sought the immediate intervention of the House at intervening to protect the law abiding people of the State as well as requesting for means of curbing the reoccurrence of the dastardly acts like cultism, land grabbing and kidnapping amongst others across the State.

Responding, Speaker Oluomo stated that it was high time all stakeholders concerned with prosecution of criminals evoked relevant sections of the Law, thereby charging those arrested in connection with cult clashes and land grabbing matters accordingly, while cautioning the security agents to avoid unlawfully reduction of charges against suspected criminals in the process of prosecution. 

He further called on the higher echelons of the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Army to call their men and operatives to order by ensuring compliance with the ‘Sheriff and Civil process law’ and avoid being used to aid unlawful enforcement of land judgments obtained from any courts of law.

According to Oluomo while quoting sections 6(2), and 14 (2) of the Law, stated that, “Any person who enforces or uses agents for the enforcement of any judgment in respect of a landed property except as provided under the Sheriff and Civil Process Law is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of Five Million Naira or imprisonment of ten years or both such fine and imprisonment. The Power to enforce this part of the Law may be vested in the Joint Task Force, to be constituted by the Governor, comprising of the representatives of the Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning and any other relevant Law Enforcement Arm of Government.

Any security or Law enforcement personnel used to unlawfully violate the provision of this Law shall on conviction be liable to two years imprisonment or fine of two hundred and fifty thousand naira or both”.

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