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Sanwo-Olu, Stakeholders Okay Police Retreat From Magodo Estate

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…Govt Searches For 549 Plots Of Land For Aggrieved Landlords

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other stakeholders on Wednesday held an extraordinary meeting for amicable resolution of the land dispute in Magodo and agreed that the police officers who had laid siege in the area be withdrawn.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting held at Banquet Hall of the Lagos State Government House  Ikeja, attended by the various stakeholders, including representatives of Shangisha Landlords Association, Magodo Residents Association, counsels to the stakeholders , top government officials, Governor Sanwo-Olu said government will identify land within the Shangisha Estate and other parts of the state to get the 549 plots of land for the aggrieved landlords to resolve the land dispute that had lingered for over 38 years.

He said: ‘’We have been having meeting with the various stakeholders that were involved in the Magodo land disputes, including officers and cabinet members of Lagos State government, officers and men from the office of Inspector General of Police in Abuja and the Abuja FCT Police Command representing that office, Baba Adeyiga and his lawyer and his son.

“We have a board member from Magodo Residents Association, the chairman of Magodo residents association and some other officers of Magodo residents association.

‘’We have their counsels representing the stakeholders, the various families. It has been a full house and we have all listened extensively to all parties and to all stakeholders.

“I am happy to inform gentlemen of the press that the issues had been well laid out, we are not in any disagreement or misconception around the fact that there is a Supreme Court judgment or a judgement that says that Lagos State government should give 549 plots to the Shangisha landlord association and all of that had been taken into context and it has been resolved that the committee that the state government had set up before now should get to work immediately.

“Meaning from Friday, they will be working with the stakeholders, identifying available plots of land around Shangisha areas. Drone will be flown, surveys will be made and available plots will be identified.

“In the event that available plots are identified, allocations will be made timely. Additionally,  if we don’t have the right numbers, there will also be identified plots at mutually agreeable locations with the other stakeholders.

‘’The government will also review the list of all the allottees,; 549 of them and we will ensure that the injustice that the Shangisha Landlords Association had for 38 years, we will offer restitution and give them the deserved plots.

“We also agreed that there should be de-escalation of police movement in Magodo because we have all agreed that we can resolve these things on the table amongst ourselves and the process has started and so there is no need for men of the police to come from either Abuja or wherever into Magodo residents association again and that the peace that Magodo is known for is assured.

“The Shangsha Landlords Association that went to court has also been assured that in no distant future, allocation of plots of land will be given to them once full determination of the areas had been fashioned out. We will all be reporting and working transparently, ensuring fairness and equity, justice is played out and we will ensure that at the end of the day that we have a win, win situation.

“Stakeholders will be happy  residents will be happy and the government would have been seen to have done what is fair, just and equitable to all.’’

Fielding questions from newsmen, the Chairman Shangisha Landlords Association, Chief Adebayo Adeyiga said though the meeting was cordial, it is the beginning of a long process for the resolution of the dispute.

Adeyiga said: ‘’From what has happened from the last administration, I am a little bit optimistic, not overly optimistic because I know the civil servants. When we come here now, we see lots of people who did not go to court coming here and they want to hide under our judgement to get something from government. That is, for 38 years, they did not go to court they did not file any case anywhere in the court.

‘’Let see what the government is going to do. I don’t know anybody other than my members who have fought with me for the past 38 years.

‘’I have asked my lawyer to give the governor my demands. The demand is that the remaining land there be given to the Shangisha Landlords Association.

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