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Nigerian Army Denies Land Grabbing Allegations in Osun, Osogbo

Nigerian Army Denies Land Grabbing Allegations in Osun, Osogbo

The Nigerian Army has issued a statement refuting claims of land grabbing involving 65 families in Osogbo, Osun State.

In the statement released on Wednesday, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, clarified that the disputed land had been a subject of litigation by the people of Osogbo for an extended period. He emphasized that the litigation preceded the appointment of Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja as the Chief of Army Staff on June 19, 2023, contradicting the allegations against him.

Nwachukwu pointed out that the agitators’ assertion of possessing a High Court judgment from January 2023 was when Lagbaja served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna.

The Army spokesperson criticized the attempt to falsely implicate the COAS and portray him as the instigator of the land dispute, stating that it was an act of mischief without any constructive purpose.

Furthermore, Nwachukwu emphasized the Nigerian Army’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and respecting citizens’ rights. He acknowledged the judgment of the High Court of Justice of Osun State in the case of Chief Amodu Akanbi Suleiman Folorunsho & Others v. Attorney General of the Federation & Others.

Nwachukwu urged the public to disregard the circulating misinformation, cautioning against being misled and taken advantage of by individuals and groups with ulterior motives.

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