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The Lagos State Special Task Force on Land Grabbers is currently investigating the petition against an All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Lagos State, Chief James Omolaja Odunmbaku (alias Baba Eto) over land grabbing accusations on a property situate at No. 10, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos which land is also accessible through Olayiwola Street, off Kudirat Abiola way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos State.

 

Joined with Chief James Odunmbaku in the investigation are Mukaila Muili Esho, Chief Tajudeen Eguaye, Mrs. Mudiratu Egunaye, Ayinde Sanni Egunaye, Oluwadare Olanrewaju, Cletus Nwagu and other members of Egunaye family of Oregun.

 

According to a letter with reference number LSSTF/LG/2021/5510, dated 23rd December, 2021, and signed by its coordinator, Mr Owolabi Arole, the Task Force acknowledged the concerns of the petitioner, Mr. Olufemi Omoola Fasehun, through his lawyer, Otunba Remi Adeoye, who claimed that Chief James Omolaja Odunmbaku and others severally damaged the property of Olufemi Omoola Fasehun in the course of attempting to forcefully take over the land.

 

Owolabi Arole in the letter assured the petitioner that Lagos State government is committed to” ensuring that Lagos State is free from the menace of land grabbing”.

 

In the petition before the Task Force, Olufemi Omoola Fasehun claimed he inherited the landed property from his late father, Chief Ebenezer Olawanle Oladipo Fasehun who purchased the said property in 1960 from the Egunaye family of Oregun and registered the title to the Land at Ibadan land registry which was then the capital city of the then Western region of Nigeria.

 

The petition further stated: “Our Client is also one of the administrators and beneficiaries to the said property at No. Kudirat Abiola way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos vide registered Deed of Conveyance dated 10th January, 1961 registered as No.6 at page 6 in volume 431 at the Land Registry, Ibadan with registered Survey Plan No. OA 432 dated 14th October 1960 prepared by Surveyor Adekunle Kukoyi;

 

Otunba Remi Adeoye in behalf of his client further stated in the petition that on Sunday the 8th day of August, 2021, Mukaila Muili Esho, Chief Tajudeeen Muili Egunaye, Mrs. Mudiratu Egunaye, Ayinde Sanni Egunaye who are members of Egunaye and Ajose family of Oregun with the assistance of James Odunmbaku and others in company of several hired land grabbers and thugs destroyed part of the fence and the gate leading to the land through Olayiwola Street, off Kudirat Abiola way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos and attempted to gain access into the land with a view of forcefully take possession of same if not for the timely intervention of family and friends to his client who prevented these land grabbers from entering and taking possession of the his client’s land.

 

Otunba Remi Adeoye in his petition written on behalf of his client Olufemi Omoola Fasehun further stated that James Odunmbaku and his cohorts are now trying to lay claim to the land and thereby engaging in acts that are capable of causing breach of public peace and disturbance as they are threatening and attempting to forcefully take possession of the said land with intention of selling it to unsuspecting members of the public using his political status and clout in Lagos State.

 

Otunba Remi Adeoye in his petition also stated that his client verily believe that there are laid down ways of acquisition of land in Lagos state which must be followed accordingly and that no one has the right to jump and annex another persons’ land without due process and due diligence.

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Ibrahim Musa Gusau has been elected the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

 

Gusau was elected at NFF’s 78th Elective Congress which was held in Benin, the Edo State.

 

He polled 21 votes to beat his closest challenger former Ist Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who got 12 votes.

 

Though Gusau did not poll the needed 22 votes to automatically win in the first ballot, other contenders opted out of the possible rerun

 

Amaju Melvin Pinnick was the former Chairman of the board.

 

Recall that the Court of Appeal had on Thursday granted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a stay of execution ahead of the forthcoming NFF elective congress.

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TAX EVASION AND FORCEFUL ACQUISITION OF OBAJANA CEMENT, KOGI & AKWA IBOM GOVERNMENT BATTLE DANGOTE

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These are not the best of times for Dangote Group as they face allegations of sharp practices in business from Kogi State government, Kogi Assembly as well as Akwa Ibom State.

Already, the Kogi State House of Assembly has ordered stoppage to the activities of the company in two Local Governments in the State while investigations continue.

The crux of the matter, from our investigations arise from sharp practices in terms of tax payments.

According to exclusive reports from Kogi State, the initial story was that Dangote Group took over the State Cement Company illegally without paying a dime for the takeover.

 

According to our findings, Dangote took over the State Cement Company Obajana Cement without paying the necessary compensation to the State government.

This is corroborated by the State Assembly findings.

According to some media reports, ‘the parliament stated that all available documents showed that the company started as Obajana Cement Company before turning to Dangote Cement company without any considerations.

It also directed that the documents signed at the establishment of the company and relevant receipts of dues claimed to have been paid to the government be made available at the next adjourned sitting date.

 

The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Kolawole, gave the order after interim reports of the ongoing investigative hearing on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which was submitted by the ad hoc committee led by Hon. Isah Tenimu and deliberated upon at the plenary on Wednesday.

 

Kolawole said this has become imperative in view of the claims and counterclaims between the Chairman of Kogi State Internally Generated Revenue Service (KGIRS) and representatives of Dangote Cement.

 

The Speaker further directed that the Financial Director of Dangote Cement Company should meet with KGIGRS and the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry to reconcile financial differences.

 

Earlier, during the investigative hearing, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry had pointed out that Dangote had not been paying business premises fees since operation in the state.

 

Responding, the representative of Dangote, Alhaji Jimoh claimed that on the contrary, Kogi State had 10 per cent share which could only be claimed if the state showed interest, adding that since no interest was shown, the shares had been acquired when Dangote became a conglomerate.

 

While the Financial Director of Dangote, Segun Oyebanjo, claimed that since 2016, the company has paid in total dues the sum of N14 billion to the coffers of Kogi State Government through KGIRS with receipts.

 

But the Chairman of KGIRS said it was not so, adding that the receipts being bandied are not from them.

 

Oyebanjo stated that it was only in 2021 that some certain taxes were not being paid’.

But the Kogi problem with Dangote is not limited to this.

In another development, Following the unrestrained environmental degradation in Ankpa and Olamaboro local government areas, Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, directed the Commissioner of Police and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to seal off operations of Dangote Plc in the affected areas of the State. The House gave the order during a public hearing on activities of Dangote Group in the state, especially on the the massive exploitation , environmental degradation and non compensation to the affected owners of the land and without revenue accruing to the state government.

 

The Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, charged the NSCDC commandant to ensure immediate implementation pending when the ad hoc committee on revenue clarifies some grey areas. Kolawole, who lamented the environmental degradation caused by mining activities on Kogi by the Dangote group and its subsidiaries, accused the multi national business concern of making billions in the state but yet fails to give back to it.

 

Akwa Ibom is also finding it difficult to collect its entitlement from the Dangote Group. According to reports from the place, the Itu Local Government blocked Dangote premises with their trucks because the company has refused to pay tax for more than two years despite series of pleas.

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