By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Community in Ekiti State at the weekend staged peaceful protest against the immediate past governor Ayodele Fayose for allegedly appropriating their land located in Ado -Ekiti while in office .
The religious body therefore urged the Kayode Fayemi-led administrationof the State to revoke the land to avert crisis.
The Muslims,who displayed placards of various inscriptions,said the land located at Atikankan area, at Odo Otu, in the state capital was acquired in 1940 under the leadership of the late Ewi of Ado-Ekiti,Oba Daniel Aladesanmi Anirare, describing the forceful takeover of the land as an act of oppression to Muslims in the State.
The President of the protesting Ahmmadiyya Muslim Jama’at ,Ekiti
chapter, Mr. Alawode Bashirudeen , said the organization built the first mosque on the plot of land in the 40’s before the old structure built with mould blocks was demolished.
Some of the placards read: ‘No Illegal Acquisition of our land,‘Government, Give Us Our Land’, ‘We Want Our Land Back’ and ‘Enough of Marginalisation of Muslims in Ekiti’.
Alawode said the Islamic group was surprised this year during the
regime of Mr. Fayose to see new petrol station being built on the land that was apportioned to them 78 years ago .
He said the group immediately sent a letter to the former governor,
where they got to know that the land was allegedly acquired by the
ex-governor for his son to construct a filling station.
“We went to the State Ministry of Lands and the General Manager of the Ekiti State Housing Corporation and complained, but they told us the land has been acquired by the government and we suspected that
government can’t acquire land to build a petrol.
“When we suspected foul play and saw the structure springing up , we
sent a petition to the Police Commissioner and he intervened and stopped the construction. It was at the meeting with the CP that we got to know that the land was acquired by the governor for his son.
“Rather than even tender apology, the ex-governor even threatened us
and said the land had been acquired and that there was nothing we could do about it.
“We have documents backing us that we are the original owner,so we are appealing to the government to remove the structure and give us our land back, it belongs to us.
“We can only negotiate with the owner of this structure if they give us another land within this vicinity and this should come with all necessary documents”.