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Farmers sue Ondo, allege illegal sale of farmland

Some farmers in Ondo State have gone to the Excessive Court docket sitting in Ondo metropolis to problem the sale of their farmland in Oluwa Forest Reserve in Odigbo Native Authorities Space by the state authorities.

In accordance with the farmers involved, the two,000.482 hectares of land underneath the auspices of Oluwa Forest Reserve Farmers was bought to a overseas firm though the occupancy certificates had already been issued to the customer, inflicting 1000’s of farmers involved to lose their jobs.

Within the lawsuit filed on Tuesday by their lawyer, Mr Tope Temokun, the courtroom was requested to declare the federal government's motion to promote the land unlawful.

The defendants within the swimsuit are the Ondo State Authorities, the Lawyer Basic and Commissioner for Justice, the state Ministry of Agriculture, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, the previous Chairman of the Ondo State Agricbusiness and Empowerment Centre, Mr. Akin Olotu and ACME Palm Restricted.

The plaintiffs – Irewole Muse, Kenneth Osaai, Salami Rafiu, Felix Ayeleso, Adegboyega Sunday, Jimoh Yekini and Ojuade Funminiyi – on behalf of themselves and different affected farmers, additionally sought an order from the courtroom to put aside the C of O issued to the sixth defendant.

They sought the “consequential order of this honourable courtroom setting apart and nullifying the certificates of occupancy purportedly issued to the sixth defendant by the primary defendant, dated twenty third July, 2021 and registered as No. 59 on web page 59 in Quantity 767 of the Land Registry of Ondo State, and a declaration that the rights of the plaintiffs to the possession of the agricultural lands granted and/or leased to them by the primary defendant, pertain to Ijoba, Sete II, Ipade, Ayeleso, Isero, Temidire and Adeleye Itamerin camps and their sub-camps, throughout the Oluwa Forest Reserve (OA3A), Odigbo LGA of Ondo State and pertaining to the land measuring 2000.482 hectares of the federal government forest reserve throughout the Oluwa Forest Reserve (OA3A), Odigbo Native Authorities Space of ​​Ondo State, coated by the certificates of occupancy occupancy dated twenty third July, 2021 and registered as No. 59 on web page 59 in Quantity 767 of the Land Registry of Ondo State, nonetheless exists topic to the lawful willpower of the plaintiffs’ rights of possession and/or the lawful train of the powers conferred on the primary defendant that are exercisable in accordance with the Forest Legal guidelines of Ondo State and different related legal guidelines.”

In accordance with the swimsuit, the plaintiffs additionally sought “an injunction of perpetual injunction restraining the sixth defendant and his secret brokers from any additional train of possession or possession rights over the land measuring 2000.482 hectares of the Authorities Forest Reserve in Ondo State pursuant to the Certificates of Utilization dated twenty third July, 2021 and registered as No. 59 on web page 59 in Quantity 767 of the Land Registry of Ondo State.”

“An order of perpetual interdict restraining the sixth defendant and his secret brokers from forcibly evicting the plaintiffs or sifting the plaintiffs’ crops or uprooting the plaintiffs’ crops or doing something prejudicial to the plaintiffs’ proper of possession over the land granted and/or leased to the plaintiffs by the primary defendant, in respect of Ijoba, Sete II, Ipade, Ayeleso, Isero, Temidire and Adeleye Itamerin camps and their sub-camps, throughout the Oluwa Forest Reserve (OA3A), Odigbo Native Authorities Space of ​​Ondo State and in respect of the 2000.482 hectares of the Authorities Forest Reserve land throughout the Oluwa Forest Reserve (OA3A), Odigbo Native Authorities Space of ​​Ondo State coated by the Certificates of Occupancy dated twenty third July, 2021 and registered as No. 59 on web page 59 in Quantity 767 of the Cadastre of Ondo State.”

The plaintiff’s lawyer mentioned that the farmers had written a number of letters to the state authorities looking for intervention within the matter, however the authorities had not responded. Therefore, it was determined to strategy the courtroom.

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