A property developer, Chief Moroof Owonla, has been arrested by the Lagos State Task Force officials and taken to their detention centre, Oshodi, Lagos.
His arrest was effected last week Friday afternoon when he was alerted to the fact that his property was a subject of vandalization at Etegbin, a community in the Ojo Local Government Area of the State.
Prior to the invasion and wanton destruction of his property, he had been involved in a running battle with the power brokers at Alausa over a sprawling property in the same community where his filling station was wantonly destroyed.
According to insiders, the victim businessman was said to have detoured his journey to Alausa where he had wanted to meet with the Commissioner for the Environment only for him to meet the men of Kick Against Indiscipline from the same Ministry, destroying his source of living.
He was said to have asked questions from the official vandals who apparently regarded his questions as an affront.
In the heat of the argument, he was reportedly manhandled by the officials who claimed that it was an order from the above.
“Aside from physical assault, Chief Moroof and one of his aides were arrested, detained without a formal charge, while his multimillion naira vehicle was destroyed.
Inquiries at Alausa, the Lagos seat of power, indicated that there had been a flurry of petitions against the location of the now vandalized petrol station by some community members on which the Ministry of environment relied upon to carry out the destruction.
However, Chief Moroof Owonla differed, saying that, the vandalization of his property was done with malice and afterthought.
According to him, “all the necessary documents needed or required by the law have been obtained legally.
”It is a way of calling a dog a bad name in order to hang him.
“It is a way of silencing me so that my initial case against the government,s person at Etegbin, which is pending at Abuja, would be frustrated.
I am a law-abiding citizen after all”.
Owonla revealed further that, immediately after his arrest, his photographs were splashed in the social media in an apparent move to paint him black.
“All I need is justice. At the end of darkness, there must be light.
” Darkness cannot overshadow light. I am a child of the light “he said
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