Residents of Obazuwa, a community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, are set for a legal battle with one Haruna Abubakar, the CEO of Tough Engineering, Properties and Construction Limited with head office situated on Ihama Road, GRA, Benin City over allegation of land grabbing.
Speaking with journalists, the legal counsel of the community, Barrister Mathew Edaghese, said: “Abubakar Haruna and his Company, Tough Engineering, Properties and Constructions Limited,(TENPROCON Limited), have encroached into Obazuwa Community land and started selling same forcefully and unlawfully to land developers.”
Going forward, he stated: “We have instituted an action against Abubakar Haruna and his company over their trespass on Obazuwa Community land in court.
“We are aware that the act of trespass is still ongoing and he and his company is placing advert calling for buyers for the community land.”
In his response, Barrister Olayiwola Afolabi, counsel of Tough Engineering Properties and Construction Limited, said that his client has fully right to the land in Obazuwa having paid for it, adding “it may interest you to know that there is an account opened in one of the bank’s where my client paid certain money into for the acquisition of the land.”