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Chaos as land grabbers invades Shalom School

Chaos as land grabbers invades Shalom School
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Odeka acclaimed police were unable to stop the hoodlums’ unruled actions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a private boarding school, Shalom Group of Schools, located in Baruwa Ipaja, Lagos State, was breached by about 40 hoodlums where students and teachers were invaded. Students and management of the school were denied entry into the school as the gates were blocked by the invaders popularly referred to as” Omo-Onile”. Mrs. Adedayo Odeka, the school proprietress, told the media that the hoodlums were allegedly led by an “Omo Onile”, popularly known as Kaka, who claimed to have secured the court order to take over the land.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Odeka argued that the land was allocated to the school in 1992 by the Federal Government, and the school has owned it for 30 years with all documents intact. The hoodlums reportedly invaded the school on a Saturday morning with severe force forcing the students to vacate the premises. However, the school proprietress acclaimed that the police were unable to stop the hoodlums’ unruled actions even after getting to the scene under much pressure. She, therefore, called on the government to intervene and persecute the perpetrators.

Invaders broke the wall, removed the two main gates to gain access.

Also speaking on the incident, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Okafor, the school’s principal, said the invaders forcefully chased everyone out, burgled the generator house and damaged school property. She asserts that this will only induce disruption to the school activities and students’ learning as they prepare for their various external examinations such as WASCE, NECO and JAMB. The security guard, Mr. Micheal Yakubu, alleged that the invaders broke the wall, removed the two main gates to gain access, claiming that the land belonged to them. He said they brought in sand and blocks and started digging and erecting the structure on the school field.

Mr. Yakubu added that after erecting the structure beyond nine coaches, they blocked the two entrances with blocks, put up a small gate and locked it. Mrs. Ifeoma Abah, a teacher in the school, posits that the students were chased out of the hostel by the hoodlums, with some of them half-dressed. Mrs. Abah said they are being denied access to the school with the teachers and students stranded, adding that “we all have rights as Nigerians to learn”.

These incidents will affect the student’s learning.

Furthermore, an SS2 student in the school, Miss. Success Afolayan, explained that she felt tortured and traumatized on Saturday when the hoodlums invaded their school. Miss. Afolayan bemoaned the invaders’ uncalled action saying that the incident would affect the students’ learning as no one is sure when the issue would be resolved. Mr. Ebenezer Akande, a parent, emphasized the incident, expressing that he was shocked when he saw that the two main gates were blocked with no way for the students to go in. Thus, he urges the Lagos State Government to find a remedy to the issue of land grabbers.

Remarking on the situation, Mr. Akinola Adebayo, the registrar of the school, said he had earlier received an invitation letter from Zone 2, Onikan, claiming that someone wrote a petition against him. Upon getting there, Adebayo said he was alleged of using charms to chase the land grabbers away from their land, which he debunked. The school registrar said following the petition query, both parties involved, the land grabbers and Shalom school were asked to come back on January 30. So it was surprising the land grabbers went on to invade the school on Saturday, he added.

Police said it was a civil case, not a police case.

However, Adebayo urged the government to intervene in the issue to enable the students to resume back to school. As reported, some students were carrying cardboards with inscriptions such as “Education is our right”, “say no to Omo-onile oppressors”, “the future is weeping”, “Kaka, why take our right from us”, “Omo-onile, why send us out of our school”, “Government come to our rescue, save us from land grabbers” and many more. On his part, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the story, said that the case is not a police case but a civil one. He, therefore, urges both parties not to take the law into their own hands and avoid turning the case into a criminal offense.


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1 month ago

Chaos as land grabbers invades Shalom SchoolOdeka acclaimed police were unable to stop the hoodlums’ unruled actions. – Express your point of view.

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1 month ago

These land grabbers should be deterred from taking people’s land arbitrarily. Laws should be enacted to stop them from these grabbing people’s lands.

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1 month ago

It would be beneficial for both parties to refrain from breaking the law on their own and to avoid turning the dispute into a criminal matter.

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1 month ago

All this will only induce disruption to the school activities and students’ learning. Imagine student’s preparing for examinations. Insecurity in this country as gone way beyond expectations. The government to intervene and persecute the perpetrators. It will serve as lessons to others planning to ever do such again.

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1 month ago

Because the attackers were blocking the entrances to the school, the students and the administration were not allowed to enter the building.

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1 month ago

It was alleged that the criminals stormed the school early on a Saturday morning and used a great deal of force to compel the pupils to evacuate the building.

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1 month ago

It’s in everyone’s best interest if the issue doesn’t escalate into a criminal problem, and both sides should refrain from breaking the law.

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1 month ago

It is sad that the invading forces were able to breach the wall and eliminate the city’s two primary entrances because they were under the impression that the territory belonged to them.

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1 month ago

in order for the pupils to be allowed to go back to school, the government should step in and help resolve the issue.

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1 month ago

It is in the best interest of both parties to refrain from breaking the law on their own and to avoid turning the dispute into a criminal act.

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1 month ago

Land pirates need to be stopped from taking people’s land without just cause. This land grab needs to be criminalized so that it cannot continue.

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1 month ago

It is unfortunate that the invading soldiers, thinking the land was theirs, were able to breach the wall and destroy the city’s two main gateways.

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1 month ago

Chaos as land grabbers invades Shalom School. I think both parties need to negotiate on the way forward. Government need to intervene before things get worse.

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1 month ago

Land grabber should be stop is it means to enforce new law on them and punish them to stop grabbing other people land and now they are using their own issue to inconvenience the school all this should be stop

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1 month ago

These land grabbers have do more than they should. Displacing children and causing chaos is outrageous and they should be persecuted for such action.

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1 month ago

The evasion of Shalom School by land grabbers popularly known as omo onile is madness. A land that has been given to school for over thirty years. The government must intervene and bring the perpetuators to face the wrath. It is well with this country.

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1 month ago

The pupils were reportedly forced to leave the school on a Saturday morning after the thugs entered with great force. this is really sad

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1 month ago

Land speculators invade Shalom School, causing chaos. I believe that the next steps should be discussed by all sides. Before things deteriorate further, the government must step in.

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1 month ago

It’s unfathomable that they brought in sand and bricks and immediately began excavating and built the structure on the playground.

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1 month ago

These land grabbers are so mean, where will they do such things. A school that has been there for 30 years now,one so called land grabbers suddenly realized that the land belong to them and want to claim it. The government should ruthlessly deal with them.

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