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Lagos Court Jails Three For Land Grabbing

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The Lagos State Chief Magistrates’ Court at Ikeja, has sentenced three members of a landowning family to 24 months’ imprisonment “with hard labour” for unlawful invasion into a piece of land already sold by their family to one Mr. Augustine Odunwo.

The convicts, who were jailed on August 18 by a court presided over by Mrs. Davies Abegunde, are Remi Akinsanya, Waidi Ogunlaja and Kamilu Ogunlaja.

The court convicted them of four counts bordering on conspiracy, forcible entry into Odunwo’s four acres of land, malicious damage and breach of public peace.

The police had arraigned them on May 27, 2011 for unlawful incursion into Odunwo’s land at Idotun Community, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, saying they were liable to be punished under sections 81, 451 and 517 of the Criminal Code Cap17 Vol II Laws of Lagos State 2003.

Though the convicts had then pleaded not guilty to the charges, the court, at the end of the six-year trial, pronounced them guilty and jailed them for 24 months without an option of fine.

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