Residents of Journalists Estate Phase 1 woke up on Friday to witness the invasion of their estate by land grabbers who threatened to pull the estate perimeter fence down to enable them to clear a swampy area for development.
The group had come with swampy buggies in readiness to work on a buffer zone behind the estate for the development of a purported proposed estate.
The attempts to stop them by the security personnel were resisted, while it took the intervention of residents and the executives of the estate to restore normalcy and prevent the breakdown of law and order.
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Residents are calling on the commissioner of environment in Ogun State, Ola Oresanya, to come to their aid and prevent the destruction of a green zone and aquatic environment, which serve as buffer zones for the entire community and absorb both noise and flood drain within the community.
It was learned that the affected area has caused a dispute between the Arepo community and the Magboro community, where both parties are claiming ownership of the swamp area.
The involvement of the government would ensure that both the community and the factions of Omo Onile within Arepo do not resort to bloodbaths to settle their dispute over the swampy area.
While normalcy has been restored due to the intervention of the residents and their executive, the land grabbers left behind their swampy bogie within the estate and promised to return later to continue their work.