The Otasanya royal family, Alawun village, Sagamu, Ogun State, has alleged that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Ajagungbale, and Chief Asiwaju Dauda Ayinla are currently encroaching on their family land.
The royal family therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun State House of Assembly, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, and the obas in Ogun State, to come to their rescue.
According to a statement dated March 5, 2016, and issued on behalf of the aggrieved royal family by Prince Jimi Olatunji, “The entire sons, daughters, chiefs, Baale, ijoye’s, omojas, and head of family of the Otasanya royal family of Alawun village, Sagamu Local Government Area (LGA) of Ogun State, hereby cry to the incumbent president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Governor of Ogun State, Ogun State House of Assembly, National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the Obas in Ogun State to rescue us from the hands of the Commissioner of Police (CP), Ogun State, the Area Commander, Sagamu Remo, AIG Zone ll, Onikan, Lagos, Chief Asiwaju Dauda Ayinla Adeleye, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), land speculators and a host of other persons hiding under persons so mentioned above.
“We have been in Alawun land for over 300 years. But recently and particularly on March 1, 2016, the persons herein mentioned invaded the village with thugs, hoodlums, suspended members of the disbanded Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were all armed with guns and other dangerous weapons and started shooting sporadically, saying RCCG and Chief Asiwaju Dauda Ayinla Adeleye sent them to take over our land.
“The invaders were assisted and aided by policemen from Elewe-Eran in Abeokuta, Sagamu Area Command, Zone ll Police Command, Mowe and Redeem Camp Police Divisions.
“Members of our family were arrested, taken and detained at the Redeem Camp Police Division and Zone ll Command while the land grabbers started bulldozing our family land and destroying our millions of naira property.
“They stationed themselves on the land. Some of our family members’ vehicles were taken away for no just reason.”
Earlier in a letter dated September 18, 2014, and addressed to the Managing Director (MD), SAMFAT Property Care Nigeria Limited, Ogun State, the Otasanya royal family, had issued a warning to the property company, its heirs, agents and representatives, that it was the unanimous agreement of the family, “That no individual/branch of Otasanya family should act on behalf of the family without the consent of other people/branches of the family.”
The said letter, signed by Sakiru Otasanya added that, “Secondly, in a meeting held at D/4, Gbasemo Compound, off Ijagba, Sagamu, Ogun State (Head of the family’s house), between the family representatives and the seven branches of Otasanya at Alawun, the family representatives warned all the seven branches of Otasanya at Alawun community, that none of them should acquire the service/assistance outside the family single-handedly or collectively without the consent of the family representatives and the general family.
“Thirdly, based on the above statements, SAMFAT Property Care Nigeria Limited, your heirs, agents and representatives are hereby informed, that we (Otasanya family), may, later, acquire your service (s) as the land agent at Alawun Community. Though, we heard that one (1) or two (2) branches of Otasanya family brought you to Alawun community as a land agent without the consent of our representatives and general family, which is against our resolution mentioned above.
“Finally, as from now henceforth, we, the Otasanya family, do not need/want your service(s) as a land agent at Alawun Community via Simawa, Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
“Therefore, you, SAMFAT Property Care Nigeria Limited, your heirs, agents, and representatives must stop parading yourself/acting as land agent(s) at the aforementioned community.
“We hereby advise you, your heirs, agents and representatives to remove all signs that show you are a land agent to any person/branch(es) of Otasanya family at Alawun Community.”