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Ibadan forest of death: Land was allocated to FG in 1979 – Oyo State Government

imageThe Oyo State Government has revealed that the forest of death located at Soka area of Ibadan, which was recently uncovered by the police was given to the Federal Government in 1979.

A statement by Festus Adebayo, the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said the Federal Government had contacted the Oyo State Government for a parcel of land to be used as work site by a construction company, a multi-national company, handling the Ogunpa channelisation project in 1979.

According to the communique, the Ibadan Municipal Town Planning Authority allocated the land to the company, adding that the said company later sublet the contract to another construction company.

The State Government also revealed that the Federal Government eventually terminated the contract after which the company left the site.

The statement reads, “The structures had since been occupied by no organisation and had been at the mercy of miscreants and hoodlums in the last 10 years. The site had also become a thick forest and den of squatters.

“It was later discovered on March 22, 2014 by security agencies that the place was being used as a den by kidnappers. About 20 people were rescued half-dead while several decomposed bodies were also discovered in the forest. The place was promptly cordoned off by a combined team of security agents.

Adedayo revealed that, “On Monday, March 24, 2014, Governor Abiola Ajimobi visited the place in company of some security chiefs for an on-the-spot assessment. He met with the residents of the community, observed a minute silence and led the people present in prayers for the repose of the souls of the dead victims.

“The governor ordered the immediate revocation of the C of Os of the land, the fumigation of the forest to prevent an outbreak of epidemics and the demolition of the structures being used as kidnappers’ den. The governor’s prompt intervention showed him as a humane person who is passionate about the well-being of his people.” The statement concluded.

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