Gun-wielding herdsmen took over family land in Lagos
In a petition dated May 10, 2021, the Ali Moibi-Balogun Family of Odo-Egiri Town in Eredo Local Council Development Area of Lagos seeks Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s intervention after armed herdsmen forcefully took over their land and erected structures on it. In this interview with VICTOR AYENI, the lawyer for the Ali Moibi-Balogun family, Adeyemi Adegbite, explains the ordeal of the family
How long has the family been living on the invaded land?
Their forefathers handed it to them. In our petition, we said they inherited it from time immemorial. So, it predates Nigeria’s independence. You know in Yoruba culture when you own a land, it is your father’s land for ages. It was not land they came about in 10 or 20 years; it has been their inherited land.
At what point did they begin to notice the invasion on their land?
It was on March 4, 2021. That was the first instance that they experienced the incursion on their land. And then, they came back sometime in April.