A community leader in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Ajayi Falodun, has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Akure for allegedly selling 11 acres of land belonging to the Federal School of Agriculture.
The institution is owned by the Nigerian government and the land was said to have been given to the Federal Government by one of the late paramount rulers of Akure.
Mr. Ajayi, who holds the traditional title of the Olugele of Ugele, was arrested by the security agents after he allegedly went to a land belonging to the Federal School of Agriculture, Akure with ten armed men.
He is also accused of selling 11 acres of another land belonging to the institution.
Reports say Mr. Ajayi stormed the Federal School of Agriculture with armed men, when the institution was having a funfair, with the aim of forcefully taking another portion of the land which he claimed he owns.
His action caused pandemonium as people ran for safety when his thugs brandished cutlasses and other dangerous weapons at the scene.
The thugs were alleged to have also seized four shovels, four diggers and one cutlass belonging to one Idowu Folorunso.
The police said the chief’s action is punishable under section 249 (D) of the criminal code.
Mr. Ajayi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail.
In his ruling, the Magistrate, O. A. Adegoroye, after granting bail to Mr. Ajayi, adjourned the case to February 6.