LAND DISPUTE: HURMA PETITIONS GOC 81 DIVISION ARMY OVER THREAT TO LIVE OF CITIZEN

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The office of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) was represented at 81 Division of the Nigerian Army at Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, based on an invitation from the Military Police (MP) unit.

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Earlier on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, HURMA, through the head of its legal team, sent a petition to the General Officer Commander 81 Division over alleged unfair treatment meted out to one Mr Balogun Abayomi Dennis by soldiers deployed by Sinoki Systems Limited.

The petition signed by Lekan Alabi Esq. stated in part: “Mr Balogun Abayomi Dennis of Suite 16, Plot 131, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos has lodged a complaint against some of your men who were deployed by Sinoki Systems Limited to intimidate, harass and threaten to terminate his life on his pieces of land lying and being at Plot 9, Block Al, Scheme 1, Area 1, OPIC Estate, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway and Plot 16, Block AL, Scheme 1, Residential Area 1, OPIC Estate, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State ”

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The petition further explained how a soldier identified as Mwo Mojiji Gadaka and some other unknown men in military uniform bullied and terrorized Mr Balogun on his claim to be the owner of pieces of land situated at Plot 9 and Plot 16, Block AL, Scheme 1, Residential Area 1, OPIC Estate, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

During the meeting at the Divisional Headquarters of the military on Wednesday 4th August, one H. Shehu, a soldier on duty tried denying that Mwo Mojiji was a member of the Nigerian Army, he claimed that the assailant “could be a member of Nigerian Air force or be a fake soldier”, but Barrister Lekan Alabi drawed the attention of the soldiers on duty to the phone number of the assailant as stated in the petition. The soldiers later called the phone number and confirmed that Mwo Mojiji is a member of the Nigerian Army but gave a false name to Mr Balogun. Mwo Mojiji became jittery on the phone, when he discovered that he was being called from the headquarters in Lagos as regards the barbaric acts perpetuated to Mr Balogun.

Finally the meeting ended with a promise by the soldiers on duty at the Millitary Police unit of 81 Division to further investigate the matter to ensure Justice. A written statement was received from the victim followed by a promised to invite the driver working for Sinoki Systems limited over his involvement for hiring Mwo Mojiji (who claimed to be in Abuja at that time) to assault and use brute force on Mr Balogun

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