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Adeleke warns perpetrators of attacks at building sites in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has warned land grabbers, locally called “Omo onile,” extorting developers and disturbing their workers at building sites in the state.

The governor gave the warning against the backdrop of petitions flooding his office over attacks on artisans and contractors at building sites across the state.

The governor’s warning was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, and made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.

Mr Adeleke said his government would no longer condone the antics of the ‘Omo Oniles’ forcing landowners to pay illegal charges before developing their land.

“I have received several petitions from Osogbo, Ife, Ilesa, Ikirun, Iwo, and almost every major town in Osun state. Recently, I received more than three petitions from Osogbo alone, where perpetrators allegedly maimed and even killed some site workers,” the governor said.

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“I have reports of seizure of work equipment belonging to artisans and even illegal detention of contractors and site workers. All these must stop forthwith.

“I have subsequently directed security agencies to conduct special operations to go after perpetrators. Our administration will not tolerate brazen lawlessness and unwarranted disruption of the livelihoods of innocent citizens.

“I’m also requesting victims of these untoward activities to report the incidence to law enforcement agencies for appropriate actions,” the governor was quoted in the statement.

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Two men charged following thefts from building sites

A number of residential developments, like this one, were targeted last year
A number of residential developments, like this one, were targeted last year

Police say two men from Telford, aged 21 and 32, have been charged with six offences of theft, relating to a number of crimes from building sites in the town last year.

The offences took place in late 2022, targeting fuel and plant machinery stored on new residential building developments.

The arrests follow an investigation as part of Operation Aegis, which is a multifaceted approach that involves police officers working directly with site security and other staff to prevent thefts from building developments.

PC Berwyn Pratt said: “A 21-year-old male and a 32-year-old male from Telford have been charged with six offences of theft, which relate to a number of new residential building sites in Telford.

“These offences took place during late 2022 and targeted fuel being stored in fuel bowsers and plant machinery being stored on sites.”

The two men will appear in Magistrates Court on May 30.

Police are appealing for information about similar incidents, and are asking those with information to contact West Mercia online at westmercia.police.uk, quoting Operation Aegis.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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