Ededimeji Muslim community, Osun state has cried out over alleged connivance by Redeemer’s University and Laminisa of Edeland, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal to take 611 acres of land belonging to the people.
Speaking at a press conference jointly addressed by representatives of the 18 families, the spokesman of the community, Wasiu AbdulAzeez, warned against provoking religious crisis in the town.
He noted that the claim of 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 was untrue, saying the monarch bought the land he built his personal house from Oshorun family.
“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 jurisdiction.
“Since April 2012, the Redeemer’s University management has continued to unleash terror on the innocent occupiers of the land who stood their ground not to relinquish their land,” he said.
The community alleged that property worth over N500 million had been destroyed on the land despite litigation in courts.
“The horrible scene of mobilising over a hundred thugs and hoodlums with 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,” he stated.
The community noted that the intervention of the former Governor Rauf Aregbesola did not yield any fruit.
They however called for immediate return of the land to the ‘rightful owners’ and go for negotiation if they so desire.
“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 are claimed on the occupied area.”