By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday witnessed another breach of peace as residents of Olorisaoko and 42 other communities in Akinyele Local Government area stormed the state government Secretariat to protest the government decision to take over their land.
The people who carried placards with various inscriptions were chanting different solidarity songs urging the state government to show mercy on them.
Security agents were at the scene to put the situation under control.
Speaking with journalists, a resident, Mrs. Omoyele who spoke on behalf of other members, said the shocking development first came to their notice in May, 2021 when they beheld a billboard erected at the railway line, Molarere area by the state government notifying them that government wants to take over the land in the area which covers about 1700 hectares.
According to her, the government said it has a plan to convert the land space to Business District tagged “ILU Titun”.
She said, the government had earlier taken over three hundred hectares in the area,
“We initially did not attach any meaning to it until we saw the recent billboard that the state government wants to take over our lands.
“This is devastating because many of us have had issues while some have died as a result of the shocking development.
“We are appealing to governor Seyi Makinde to come to our aid and address the matter with a view of considering our plight,” she said.
Some of the affected communities are Alabata, Balogun, Alaase, Tubi, Oguntilewa, Ajibade and others.