Full Story: LASG Task Force Arrests ‘Ajagungbale’ Kingpin, Sir Kay Oluwo
-Pledges to commence his persecution immediately
-Assures residents of protection
It was a big boost for the efforts of the Lagos State Government in curbing the menace of land grabbers popularly known in the local parlance as ‘Ajagungbale’ on Thursday, June 15, 2017, when Alhaji Kamorudeen Lamina, popularly known as ‘Sir K Oluwo’, was arrested by the Special Task Force on Land Grabbing set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
THE IMPACT learnt about the arrest on Thursday afternoon and it was further confirmed by a press statement released by the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State.
A reliable source also disclosed to our reporter that the suspect was arrested in his home in Magodo.
According to a statement issued and signed by Mr Kayode Oyekanmi, the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, he was allegedly arrested due to several petitions bothering on illegal dispossession of residents of Ikorodu division and its environs of their lands.
It was revealed that the Special Task Force has been on the trail of the ’Ajagungbale’ Kingpin for a long time before his arrest on Thursday.
According to Mr Jide Bakare, Chairman of the Lagos State Special Taskforce, “Alhaji Lamina fell into the waiting hands of the Taskforce when he was tricked out of his hideout in a well-orchestrated operation carried out in the Alausa area of the State.”
He also said his office had received tons of petitions written by innocent residents who have been allegedly deprived of their legitimate investment in landed property by the ‘Ajagungbale’ kingpin who according to report,had been a torn in the flesh of his victims.
Bakare, in a statement, said that the arrest of Sir K Oluwo by his team was a clear indication of the commitment of the Ambode-led administration to ensure that the lives and properties of residents across the State was secured and protected under the law.
He said the State Government had made its zero tolerance stance against land grabbing offences very clear, just as he assured that every legimate investment made in the State would be protected by the Government.
The Chairman, further assured residents that information given by them against the nefarious activities of land grabbers will be treated with utmost confidence.
According to him, “The State Government would immediately begin the prosecution of Alhaji Lamina to serve as a deterrent to others that no one is above the law in Lagos State.”
While warning those in the act to steer clear of Lagos, Bakare also said that the Task Force would intensify efforts to make the State unbearable for their nefarious activities.
It would be recalled that earlier this year, at the commissioning of the new office of the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbing, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem promised to go after any godfather aiding and abetting the criminal activities of the ‘Omo Oniles’ in the State, saying “no matter who you are and your Status, we will come after you and prosecute you.”
Meanwhile, one of his lawyers and friend,who spoke with THE IMPACT on phone, confirmed his arrest and stated that efforts to see him yesterday in the custody of the police proved abortive.
“That is true but we are yet to confirm the grounds he is being arrested for because he has stopped what people termed, ‘Ajagungbale’ activities even before the state government set up the Task Force.
Responding to the statement that he was tricked out from his hideout before he could be arrested, the source said, “We all know that ‘Sir Kay’ is always available anytime. He was arrested in his home in Magodo on invitation and not in any hideout”, he stated.