Kayode Egbetokun, the inspector-general of police has been asked to look into claims of false arrests by the police. The Ogun State House of Assembly has leveled allegations against the police for purportedly colluding with individuals seizing land unlawfully in the region. During a recent Tuesday session, Speaker Olakunle Oluomo and other representatives discussed widespread incidents of land expropriation in various districts.
They urged Inspector General Kayode Egbetokun to investigate claims that police are complicit in falsely arresting and detaining innocent residents based on fabricated charges, in partnership with alleged land usurpers.
During a legislative session focused on the second reading of a bill aimed at amending the State’s Anti-land Grabbing laws, Speaker Olakunle Oluomo revealed that numerous innocent Ogun residents are currently held in police detention centers, including those at Alagbon in Lagos and the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
He attributed this troubling situation to the alleged collaboration between security personnel and individuals unlawfully seizing land, which he said victimizes innocent citizens.
Oluomo pleaded with the inspector general of police Egbetokun to wade into the matter so as to ensure that innocent Ogun residents are not made to suffer on account of trumped-up charges.
Oluomo advised that any land-related matters should be charged to court while promising that the new amendment would ensure the constitution of a task force by the state government to handle land matters.
In their various submissions, the lawmakers stressed that the activities of the land grabbers had been affecting the peace, progress, and development of the state, hence the need for the inspector general of police to take a holistic approach towards addressing the menace.
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