The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun state council has warned suspected land grabbers to steer clear of it’s permanent site in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The chairman of the council, Comrade Wale Olanrewaju, handed the warning on Wednesday May 31, 2023, while briefing newsmen at NUJ secretariat.
Olanrewaju noted that the land grabbers have taken advantage of the permanent site lying fallow over the years, saying that the current exco will do everything possible to secure it’s future.
“This fraudulent act is orchestrated by one Prince Gbenga Olusoga who brazenly brags of his connection in high places especially the Governor and government of Ogun State in connivance with one Engineer Lekan Banjoko who has no connection to the land and the area but going about feeding fat on vacant lands in connivance with his cohorts in government relevant agencies. This he boasts of at different fora.
“Prince Olusoga, in flagrant disregard to NUJ ownership of the land, rented out our land to mechanics, panel beaters and the rest, collecting money and feeding fat where he did not sow.
“For the records, the said land has a genuine Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) openly and proudly presented by Aremo Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Ogun State while in office.
“Our current space popularly called and known Iwe Irohin christened after the first newspaper publication in Nigeria by Reverend Henry Townsend is currently under siege by some greedy individuals who are retired and serving staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
“Some years ago, the space allocated in honour of journalists and the progenitor of journalism, Reverend Henry Townsend since 1992, was put up for sale by one Surveyor Bajo who retired from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing”, he stated.
The council therefore called on the state governor, and other relevant authorities to stop the incursion, trespassing and encroachment on its land.
“We call on the Federal Government to restrain those officers in the Ministry of Works and Housing to discontinue their unholy interest in our land.
“We want to emphasise that well meaning people of the state who in one way of the other connected or know Engr. Lekan Banjoko and Prince Gbenga Olusoga should advise and warn the duo to stay clear of the property of Ogun NUJ in their own interest”, he added.