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Lagos land grabbing kingpin fails to meet bail conditions

The Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Oshodi has rejected the sureties presented by a suspected land grabbing kingpin, Chief Kamorudeen Lamina, popularly known as Sir K Oluwo, on the grounds that they are unverifiable and thus unable to stand for his bail.

Lamina and others had been arrested on June 16, 2017, by the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers, set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

He is accused of terrorising residents of Ikorodu by forcibly taking and selling lands belonging to others.

In his ruling, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi had granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N1m and insisted that they must present two sureties, who owned pieces of land in Lagos and also a civil servant, not below grade level 15.

Owolabi also demanded that the sureties must have three years’ tax clearance and registration with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, in addition to depositing N150, 000 each with the court.

The court ordered their remand at the Badagry Prison pending when they could meet their bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned to July 13.

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