Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who started construction a new 3-kilometre auditorium for the church at Agufoye village were chased away by a large group of over 40 armed thugs.
The trouble has started, it was gathered, when fraudsters obtained a survey plan and invited land grabbers to claim a portion of the land which the Redeemed Christian Church of God had earlier bought for N215 million.
Two Ogun State Government receipts dated July 22nd and 29th, 2009, serve as the evidence for purchase.
The land was also allocated to the church for 99 years by the Ogun State Bureau of Lands and Survey, Abeokuta, in July 2009.
The armed hoodlums robbed and harrassed the residents of the village, and the agents of the church on the land. Some are even said to have been sent to help sell the RCCG land in the village.
To ensure peaceful outcome, the church still went ahead to renegotiate some portions of the land it had earlier paid for.
Original owners of the land in question, the Agufon family of Agufoye village, claim they have nothing in common with those trying to forestall the construction works.
Chief Yekini Babatunde Agufon, the Baale of Agufoye land, and Chief Amos Oshin Agbabo, head of the family, stated the family did not solicit anybody’s help to tackle the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the land sold to the church years back.
“We sold the land to RCCG in 2002 and 2003, and the family collected money. The money was evenly distributed to the two branches in the family, namely the Otetumo Agbabo and Soole Agufon family. Each family member received at least N360,000 from the proceeds of the sale of the land,” family’s spokespersons said.
“We are, however surprised that some people, purportedly acting on behalf of the family, are harassing the church’s agents in Agunfoye Village on the land which have been surrendered to the authorities of the church,” the Baale, Chief Agufon said.
“These people should not use our land as a battle ground to attack the RCCG or its agents. Whatever the church can do to deal with the trespassers on their land, they should do. We have sold the land to the church and the family has been paid. Anybody claiming to be members of the family that is instigating these land grabbers against the church is not from us. They are acting illegally,” the family said.
The Agufon family has gone ahead to sue other recalcitrant members of the family and their agents at the Sagamu High Court, among other things, seeking the court to stop the forceful entry and occupation of Agufoye village located near Ogijo in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State by the defendants and their agents or privies.
The family is also seeking the order of the court in declaring null and void any sale or resale of land done by the defendants without the knowledge and consent of the family, prior to the institution, and during the pendency of this action.
The family’s claims before the court also include an order of the court removing forthwith the defendants and their agents, privies from the Agufoye village and an order of the court restraining the defendants from entering Agufoye village to attack tenants, assignees, their dependents, relations, properties and other residents of Agufoye or deal adversely in the parcels of land in the village contrary to the interests of the claimants’ family.