By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A community in Osun State, Ededimeji Muslim Community, on Tuesday warned against provoking religious crisis in Ede.
The warning came as a result of alleged invasion of 611 acres of land by the Redeemer’s University, Ede.
Mr Wasiu AbdulAzeez, who spoke on behalf of 18 families at a press conference addressed by the community in Osogbo lamented that the rightful occupants of the land had suffered humiliation, vilification and subjugation through wanton destruction of homesteads, plantations and other property in the hand of the faith based university.
AbdulAzeez also accused the monarch of the town, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal (Laminisa 1) of connivance with the university, stating that the claim by the monarch that the native law and traditions of Edeland accorded him the right to revoke any land within the nooks and crannies of the town is untrue.
He said that the monarch bought the land he built his personal house from Oshorun family as well as acquired two acres of land for his friend at N2,400,000 from Olukosi family.
The community also alleged that property worth over N500million have been destroyed on the land despite the litigation in courts.
His words: “Despite the incessant threats and intimidations from the hands of usurpers (RCCG), the owners of 611 acres of the lots (18 families) have remained persistently focused to pursue the case in the competent courts of jurisdictions.
“Since April 2012, the Redeemer’s University management have continued to unleash terror on the innocent occupiers of the land who stood their ground not to relinquish their land.
“The horrible scene of mobilising over a hundred thugs and hoodlums with powerful arms and earth moving equipment (bulldozer) on Wednesday March 6, 2019 to raze down the entire Oloya village, destroying Mosque, homesteads and plantation with impunity was most unfortunate.
The community noted that intervention of the former Governor Rauf Aregbesola does not yield any result.
They however called for immediate return of the land to the ‘rightful owners’ and go for negotiation if they so desire.
“The destroyed property, homesteads and plantations are valued adequately and appropriate damages (N500 million) paid as demanded by our lawyer.
“The families who are the rightful owners of the usurped land by the RCCG would only be prepared to negotiate on lease conditions after adequate damages is claimed on the occupied area,” he stated.