The Baale of Oko Olomi, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Eleku, has refuted the claim that members of his community, who were arrested and detained by men of the Lagos State Task Force, were land-grabbers.
On the contrary, they are bona fide landowners, he said.
Speaking at a briefing, he alleged that 22 persons were arrested on the orders of Tolls System Company Limited.
“We want to inform the public that the 22 persons arrested are not land grabbers but landowners and members of various landowning families in Oko Olomi village,” he said.
He alleged that Toll System engaged the services of land grabbers to invade and demolish their houses.
Eleku alleged that Toll System claimed that their allocation was 1,561.20 hectares, and demolished over 1,000 houses in 2016 in the community, sparing their shrines and burial sites.
“Lagos State government should help us. We want to go back to our village,” he said.