Abiodun probes Amosun over land allocations

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As the tussle for the 2023 elections hot up, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has opened a prove into alleged illegal land allocations under his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

He also added the three years of his administration in an effort to disguise the intention behind the probe.

On Thursday, he inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to undertake a comprehensive review, analysis, and investigation of land allocation, documentation and general land dealings in the State for the past eleven years.

A statement issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta on Thursday said the inauguration of the 8-member Commission was done on Wednesday evening.

According to the statement the Commission head by Justice S.A Olugbemi (Rtd), Chairman has three months, in the first instance; to carry out its assignment.

The other members of the Commission are a lagal practitioner, Adetunji Onabowo; a former Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun; the Chairman, Ethics Committee, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Oyebanji Akinhanmi; an estate valuer, Toyin Aluko and a representative of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Speaking at the inauguration on Wednesday, the governor emphasized the important role of land in the economic development of any nation.

Abiodun highlighted its mandates to include unraveling the circumstances surrounding rampant illegal land transactions that have been carried out in the Ogun State land
allocation MDAs; identify and unravel all illegal land transactions that have taken place to date; identify all perpetrators involved in any discovered illegal dealings.

He added that Commission of Inquiry is also to receive and investigate general complaints from the public around land acquisition and documentation in Ogun State; make recommendations to curb bottlenecks, delays, and corruption in land acquisition and documentation in Ogun State; unravel various sums of money involved in the illegal dealings, identify the value of government loss, and recommend methods of recovery.

The governor further charged the Commission to recommend necessary punishment to be meted out to erring person(s); suggest ways to curb or forestall re-occurrence of any identified illegalities or inefficiencies; and, make any other suggestions and recommendations that could assist the state government in all other related matters.

He, however, noted that the members of the Commission are people of high integrity who are also experts in land matters and are not expected to yield to inducement or blackmail of any kind, assuring them of government support.

“I have authorised the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwasina Ogungbade SAN; and, all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to provide the required support – personnel and material – that the Commission will need to perform its task.

“In our own peculiar situation, land is our gold. It is our crude oil and thus plays a crucial role in our Administration’s “Building our Future Together” Agenda. This is more especially in the areas of agricultural production and industrialisation; affordable housing and urban renewal; rural- infrastructural development as well as employment generation.

 

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