Court Remands Suspected Land Grabbers In Prison

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The duo of Mathew Yusuf Ogo, aged 58, and his accomplice Tajudeen Lasisi, 52 has been remanded in prison for their involvement in shady land deal.

The suspected land grabbers on Tuesday appeared at the Oyo State Magistrate Court, Erunmu. They were led to the court by Inspector Femi Olanibi, who is the prosecutor on six (6) count charges.

Magistrate  S.H.Adebisi, while reading the charge sheet said, “that you Matthew Yusuf Ogo male, Tajudeen Lasisi male and others at large sometimes in 2016 at Elerumoke Village in Egbeda Local Government via Ibadan in this Magistrate district did conspire together to commit an offence with malicious damage, fraudulent act, threat to life, forcible entry and conduct likely to cause breach of peace, and  thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 & 517 of the criminal cap code of 38 vol. II laws of Oyo State 2000”.

Magistrate Adebisi also read further through the charge sheet that was dated 05/10/2021 with charge number MRN/19C/2021, “that you Mathew Yusuf Ogo, Tajudeen Lasisi and others at large in the same dates and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully and without authority and being armed with dangerous weapon such as gun, cutlasses, charm, sticks forcefully entered and hold possession of a parcel of land which in actual and peaceable possession of one Chief Alabi Olubunmi and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 81 of the criminal code cap 38 vol. II laws of Oyo State 2000.”

Reading the third count charge against the suspects, Magistrate Adebisi said, “that you Mathew Yusuf Ogo, Tajudeen Lasisi and others at large in same dates and place in the aforementioned Magisterial district did unlawfully and maliciously cause damage to corner piece and pillars erected in about 21 Acres of land being in actual and peaceful possession of one Chief Alabi Olubunmi and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the criminal code cap 38 Vol. II laws of Oyo State 2000.”

The fourth count charge according to Magistrate Adebisi read as thus, “that you Mathew Yusuf Ogo, Tajudeen Lasisi and others at large on same dates and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did fraudulently and unlawfully sold some parcel of land being in possession of Chief Alabi Olubunmi to an unsuspecting buyers in false pretence of being the owner and knowing to you to be false pretence of being the owner and knowing to you to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 418 and punishable under section 419 of the criminal code cap 38 vol. II laws of Oyo state 2000.”

The 5th count charge that was read to the hearing of the suspected land grabbers by Magistrate Adebisi stated “that you Mathew Yusuf Ogo, Tajudeen Lasisi and others at large in same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did without lawful authority use and threatening violence for the purpose of grabbing real property in possession of  Chief Alabi Olubunmi for yourself or any other person and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 7 (1) of the Oyo State real property law 2016.”

The last count that was read to the hearing if the suspected stated as thus, “that you Mathew Yusuf Ogo, Tajudeen Lasisi and others at large on the same dates in place aforementioned magisterial district did make entry into real property belonging to Chief Alabi Olubunmi with offensive weapons and fetish objects and cause violence thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 7(A)(1)&(B) of the Oyo State real property law 2016.” Magistrate Adebisi said.

After hearing all the charges presented against them, the suspects please non guilty and Magistrate Adebisi in his rulling ordered for their bail with fine of Three Hundred Thousand naira (300,000) each with shorty in likewise sum. The suspects who were unable to meet up with their bail conditions were asked to be remanded in Agodi prison till next hearing of the case was according to the Magistrate adjourned to 18/11/2021.

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