- A court order has stopped soldiers from demolishing homes in Oyo state
- Soldiers had taken bulldozer to Mesiogo Estate at Akobo area of Ibadan, insisting the the estate is on its cantonment at Ojoo
- However, the residents insisted their estate was not encroaching on the cantonment and obtained an order from court
- The court ordered the soldiers not to disturb the peace of the people and the case was adjourned till November 8
An Oyo state high court has given an order stopping soldiers of the 2 Division from demolishing houses in of Mesiogo Estate at Akobo area of Ibadan, Oyo state.
The Nation reports that the residents obtained the order which also barred the soldiers from doing anything that will threaten the peace of the people.
It was reported that the soldiers took a bulldozer to the community and dug ditches in front of their houses apparently to intimidate them.
The army said the estate is on its cantonment at Ojoo, although the residents insisted that it wasn’t true.
They also presented survey papers as evidence that the estate is several metres away from the cantonment.
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Justice A. L. Akintola ordered an interim injunction restraining the army from “trespassing, demolishing, disposing or further demolishing, disposing or further disposing or in any way interfering with the peaceful enjoyment of the first to fifth claimants’ parcels of land situate, lying and being at Mesiogo Hotel Estate, Alagbode Village, Bodija area, Akobo, Ibadan, Oyo State, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for an order of interlocutors injunction already filed by the claimants/applicants."
The case was adjourned till November 8.
Meanwhile, after reportedly claiming that no casualty was recorded in the demolition of the Eke Ukwu market in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, Governor Rochas Okorocha is now to name a road after late Somtochukwu Ibeanusi.
Somtochukwu, a 10-year-old boy, was reportedly killed by a stray bullet as violence escalated between traders and security operatives during the demolition of the market.
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