Five persons have been arraigned before the Ikeja Magstrate’s Court, Lagos for allegedly threatening to kill Barrister Akin Oladipo Aigbe, National President of Civil Rights Liberty Organisation over a piece of land at Candosso village, Ipaja.

The accused, Idowu Ganiu, Yinusa Rasheed and Safaku Rasheed were said to have threatened Aigbe over the land he purchased in 2007 from one Alhaja Moyinotu.

Speaking with P.M.NEWS, Aigbe revealed that he purchased the four plots of land in the village after a thorough verification of the documents provided by the owner.

”While working on the land, one old man who identified himself as Alhaji Rasheed Rahman, came and said he was the owner of the land and demanded for N150,000 for each plot.

”We reached an agreement and Alhaji Rahman and his surveyor signed documents for me,” he stated.

Aigbe revealed that after this, he received a call on 31 March, 2010 that one Alfa Olaiya Shittu has encroached on his land.

”Since then, these people have been threatening me. They went as far as sending text messages consisting of incantations to me.

”I reported them to the police and they were arrested and charged to court.

The accused, however, denied the allegations, saying that their late father sold two plots of land to Aigbe.

”We are aware that our father sold two plots of land to Aigbe and that he only paid half of the money. So, when our father died. We heard him laying claim to four plots of land, instead of the two plots sold to him,” they stated.

The accused were charged with threatening the life of the activist, an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

They were granted bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the court directed, must be blood relations and show evidence of gainful employment and must possess landed property in Lagos.

Olaiya Shittu was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties whose addresses must be verified by the court and who must deposit N50,000 into the chief registrar’s account.

The case has been adjourned till 24 June, 2010 for mention.

—Dedeigbo Ayodeji, Adinlewa Toyin & Abimbola Akoja