Estate residents petition police, rights agency over alleged forceful eviction

Solomon Arase

Solomon Arase

Residents of Fajuyi-Irewolede Estate, Ado-Ekiti have petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, the State Security Service (SSS), Registrar of the State High Court and the National Human Rights Commission over alleged plan by Governor Ayodele Fayose to evict them despite a pending suit.

Chairman of the residents’ association, Ayo Orebe, claimed that the governor was determined to send them packing on April 1 on the strength of the advice from the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi.

He maintained that Justice Bamidele Omotoso of the State High Court, Ado-Ekiti had on December 9, 2015 ruled that all parties in the suit must not take any step on the matter until the case was determined.

Orebe alleged that the governor, at a meeting with the residents last Thursday, threatened them with eviction.

In the petition, he said: “You will recall that we had earlier written two letters to your office over forceful ejection from our houses in breach of the purchase agreement between the house owners and the housing corporation. The first letter was dated August 6, 2015 entitled, ‘Petition Against the Ekiti State Housing Corporation and State Government Over Forceful Eviction.”

According to him, the second letter was dated September 17, 2015 and entitled, ‘Petition Against the State Housing Corporation And State Government Over Illegal Revocation of Property’ which was necessitated by revocation letters served on 17 residents for suing the state government over the alleged breach.

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