London based lawyer, Adeniran Adewumi, has pleaded with Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State to intervene in an alleged land encroachment case by a Chinese firm, Sinoki System Ltd, operating in the state.
According to reports by VANGUARD, Adewumi, an indigene of Ekiti State, claimed that he acquired the land in 2005 from OPIC (Ogun State and Investment Property Corporation) which at the time was allocating land in the state.
He had commenced the development of the property by erecting perimeter fence and sand filling because the land swampy.
He, however, alleged that he was surprised to notice that his property alongside some other property around had been encroached upon by the Chinese firm.
Adewumi said when he sent one of his family friends who came to Nigeria from the United Kingdom in 2019 to check the site, he was shocked that a bigger fence covering many acres of land had been erected round his plot.
“My name is Mr Adeniran Adewumi. I was aware of the sale of the OPIC land between Ogun and Lagos States in Berger area of Lagos in 2005 and, since I stayed in Lagos, I was interested and then approached the sale team at OPIC Development at Abeokuta office in Ogun State”, he said in a statement.
According to him, he made necessary payments to Ogun State government and that documents were issued to him including receipt but not with C of O (Certificate of Occupancy) as he was told none of the allotees in the area was issued C of O but with the promise that in future they will be given a Deed of Assignment.
“They gave me the survey plan, allocation letter and also did the approved plan. So, I started clearing the bush and found out that the land was at a swampy area where I needed to do a lot of sand filling and German floor.
“I then employed some laborers to clear the bush and continually fill the land with 20 tonnes of sand of 10 tippers every six months and also fenced the land round and erected a gate.
“All these were done every six months just to take the possession of the land because at that time there was no road to the land and the place was not developed.