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Is Notorious Land Grabber, Mutairu Owoeye Untouchable?

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Kunle Akinlade
As far as land grabbing in the South West is concerned, the name Mutairu Owoeye will definitely spring up.
Owoeye, is not a youngman, but an elderly person who makes a living grabbing people’s lands. From Lagos state to Ogun state and even Ekiti state and environ, his name is now almost legendary. On several occasions, the man has laid siege on communities in Lagos state including areas such as Bolorunpelu and Baba Adisa, all in Ibeju Lekki Local Government area.
Owoeye care less if his employees are the real owners of the land that he is defending as long as he gets compensated either in cash or lands.
Presently, he is currently occupying Isoso community, GRA Quarters, a community in Sagamu, Ogun state, and reports of his nefarious activities alongside his over 200 armed thugs have been abound. According to reports, his boys have vandalised property worth millions of Naira.
Sources close to www.theoctopusnews.com, revealed how the man along with his boys have been causing mayhem in the community shutting down business activities and raiding houses in the neighborhood.
Interestingly, this is happening at a time when the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun recently signed a bill into law which prescribes 25 years imprisonment or death sentence for anyone found guilty of land grabbing.
According to the bill signed by Gov. Amosun, the law criminalises land grabbing or forceful takeover of landed property in the state.The bill was passed on October 11, 2016. It is titled, “H.B. No. 03/2016 – A bill for a law to prohibit forcible entry and occupation of landed properties, violent and fraudulent conducts in relation to landed properties, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and allied matters and for other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.”
The law also prescribes death sentence when a life or lives are lost in such forceful takeover of land. Kidnappers also risk life sentence.
Interestingly, the same law applies in Lagos state, where Owoeye also operates, but no one has been able to call him to order, giving the impression that he is an untouchable.
Shockingly, there have been reports of when the man has allegedly used men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as back up for his operation.
The land dispute in Isoso community, GRA Quarters involves two families and three hectares of land. In the heat of the dispute, both went to court securing the same Supreme Court judgment ceding the three hectares to the two families, but with a clause that they must be in consent whenever any of the parties decides to sell out of the property.
However, one of the families reportedly invited Owoeye to come and help defend the land from the other family.
Interestingly, despite the fact that the elders of the community have reached out to the Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Inspector General of Police  Ibrahim Idris and other security agencies via petitions nothing has been done.
The situation thus makes the question of if Owoeye is an untouchable in order.
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Tinubu 2023 Presidency Would Be Illogical, Most Disruptive-Bode George

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The former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has described a 2023 Tinubu presidency as illogical and most disruptive.

George said this during an interview with Punchng.com published on Sunday, February 16.

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“It would be the most illogical and most disruptive issue to have him (Tinubu) elected as President,” he said.

The PDP stalwart, who intends to contest the 2023 presidential election attacked Tinubu, adding he was throwing an open challenge to him.

George, who acknowledged the fact that PDP required remodelling and confirmed that the party would be beaten stupid at elections if it continues as it is, stated that if the PDP’s zoning formula for the presidency points to the South, it should be given to the Southeast because they have never had it, adding that if the name Tinubu pops up in the APC, he would go all out to contest with him.

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He also said that he would dump Nigeria for Togo if the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, wins the presidential election in 2023.

“If this happens, I will disown Nigeria to take the citizenship of Togo or any other country. Look, what this fellow did in my state, all the lies and the most painful thing was that on the day of the election (2019 election) two bullion vans drove in the daylight to his house and what did Professor Itse Sagay say, that he (Tinubu) had been a very wealthy man before. Where was he wealthy?”

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Meanwhile, Tinubu has not declared interest in contesting for the position.

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Nobody Will Be Sworn In As New Bayelsa Governor On Friday-Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that nobody would be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa State on Friday, February 14.

Reacting to the sack of Governor David Lyon by the Supreme Court, Oshiomhole stated that Lyon was democratically elected, adding “Nobody will be sworn in on Friday as the new governor in Bayelsa state”

Meanwhile, reacting to Oshiomole’s comments, Rivers Governor, Nyesome Wike called on the Federal Government to warn Oshiomhole to desist from making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.

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Wike said, “The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria. What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.”

“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in.”

Wike further stated that Oshiomhole was making such statements to get into the good books of APC governors who no longer believe in him.

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“It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as national chairman. APC governors have rejected him; that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the party.

“Oshiomhole is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State, fighting the governor. He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good.”

 

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Lagos Speaker, Obasa React To Restriction Of Okada, Keke Napep

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Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has reacted to the restriction of commercial motorcycle popular as Okada and Tricycles on major highways in Lagos state.

Speaking at a meeting with the Associations of Motorcycles and Tricycles Operators in Agege Local Government and Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos on Thursday, February 13, Obasa said that the restriction was for the safety of the citizenry.

Commending the associations for being calm and law-abiding since the pronouncement of the restriction and ban of their operations on some major highways in the state, Obasa who said that the door of his office was wide open for deliberations said that the restriction was not to deny them of their means of livelihood but to ensure safety of lives in the metropolis.

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“We are aware of the violence that trailed the restriction of your activities in some parts of the state.

“I want to commend you for staying calm and law-abiding here in Agege.

“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has no hatred for motorcycles and tricycles operators, but there is the need to protect the citizens.

“I want to implore your associations to identify some of the problems hindering your operations, identify alternative routes, map out those that are not motorable and tell us.

“In this way, the local government will come in to assist.

“This is not going to be our last meeting, because, in our next meeting, I will invite the Police Area Commanders and the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) in this local government and the Commissioner of Police.

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“I will also invite the State Commissioner for Transport to find a lasting solution to the issues of indiscriminate arrests in areas where the restriction is not applicable,” he said.

Urging members of the association to come up with positive ideas that would aid their smooth operation within the approved routes, Obasa said that the government would not hesitate to support them, adding that they were professionals and should behave as such by obeying the laws governing the state.

 

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