By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Lagos State House of Assembly through its Committee On Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition, and LASIEC, has commenced investigation into a petition written to the members of the House by the families of Buraimoh & Ajakaiye of Gbegegun Village, Sangotedo, over the acquisition of their lands by the state government under the reference of overriding public interest.
Recall that the two families recently petitioned the lawmakers seeking for their intervention and mediation in a land tussle with the state government.
While appearing before the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition & LASIEC, on Tuesday, the families disclosed that several attempts and appeals were made to the state government to revoke the acquisition on the grounds that they were not compensated in line with relevant provisions of the Law, adding that no resettlement allocation was allotted to them, thereby making them homeless and displaced from their ancestral homes without succor.
A Counsel to the families, Mr. Elias Adedokun while expressing the families’ dissatisfaction, appealed to the Committee to thoroughly investigate the annexed lands in order to facilitate its return or compensation to the families since it was not used for the purpose it was acquired for.
In his response, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition & LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande, stated that when a land is acquired by the government for overriding public interest and it was not used for that purpose, it would be incumbent on the family to write the House for intervention and mediation.
The Committee however, said it would inspect the lands acquired by the state government from the families, saying that the inspection would aid its investigation.