BENIN CITY- Chief Osamede Adun, the Aiyobahan of Benin has dismissed the allegation of land grabbing levelled against him by some members and leaders of Evbovbioba Community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, saying that he only claims and protect landed property legitimately belonging to him.
The business Mogul com politician made his position on the matter known while interacting with Journalist in Benin.
He decleared that he can not fold his alms and allow unscrupulous elements involved in land racketeering to take from him, all his landed property he laboured to acquire legitimately.
Chief Aibobahen said that this clarification to the wrong impression being created by some persons has became necessary so as not to mislead members of the public
The Aiyobahan of Benin Kingdom who was bitter about the allegation said: I do not claim landed property that is not mine- Chief Adun.
“I bought the said land from one Dr. Omofuoma, he gave me all the documents as regard to my purchase of the land, I surveyed the land by myself after the purchase in 1977. All the papers related to my purchased of the land is in my possession.
“When I bought the land from Dr. Omofuoma, he took me to the Odionwere then ‘Odusaye’, I met the Odionwere who told me that Dr. Omofuoma is the owner of the land. When I wanted to survey the land, the present Enogie now came out and said I can’t survey the land. I told him that his father sold the land to Dr. Omofuoma who in turn sold the land to me.
“This resulted to some arguments that led to the destruction of my car in 1988. In the same 1988, the agreement for settlement made is here with me.
“Since the said agreement we reached, I have being planting and harvesting my crops there, nobody has challenged me over the ownership of the said land, Dr. Omofuoma even erected building inside the land before I bought the land from him.”
Going further, Chief Adun said, “I have a palm tree factory in the land, when you visit the land, you will see for yourself.
“Almost 36 years back, I have being doing business there, my cow and other crops are there for Investigation. This same people claiming ownership of the land went to remove about 30 of my cows in the night, tied my Fulani men who are taking care of my cows down and went with my cows.
“I did’t bother to make any trouble with anybody, I just decided to let go, but I reported the matter to the police as at that time.
“I was surprised about six months ago, information came to me that some persons are erecting building inside my land, that they are also erecting fence around the building, I went there. Thank God my elder brother who went with me to purchase the land from Dr. Omofuoma is here with me.
“I am surprised that their children are coming to lay claim of the land. Even the Enogie requested for assistance from me; that he has no car to go around the community. Because of whom l am, l decided to buy him Benz 90. The Benz was purchase through Odokor.
“I am surprised that the Enogie:s son came and start laying ownership of the land. The said Enogie is alive, despite he cannot see but he can hear whatever question put before him.
“The Enogie son came and said he want to take a portion of the land I bought from his father, and I stood my ground that, that will not be possible.
“I did not fight anybody, neither did I injured anybody, they just went to forged that allegation against me,” he concluded.
“If l am not the owner of the land, why will I have people working for me in the land, they are still there as we speak, how come they never asked for the ownership of the land. The land is mine, I bought it from the right source.
“I thank God they said they accompanied me to measured the land. If truly I don’t have land there, will they accompany me to measure the land. This is the question that need an answer”, he concluded.