Court Stop Ondo Govt, Others From Evicting Farmers From Idanre Forest Reserve
Daily Metro News NG
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Idanre local government area has stopped the Governor of the State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu from forcefully evicting the over 10,000 farmers farming at the Idanre forest reserve.
The Governor, in his bid to key into the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiative on agriculture revolution, ceded 30,000 hectares of Idanre forest reserve to three private companies for large-scale farming, cultivating oil palm, cashew and cocoa.
The farmers, in a motion of ex parte moved by their Counsel, Mr. Tope Temokun, prayed the court for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants, Capital Management Limited, Ondo State Government, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Ministry of Agriculture,Ondo State amongst others from forcefully evicting them or grading their farmlands pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
In his ruling, Justice S. Olorundahunsi granted the prayers of the farmers and restrained the defendants including the Ondo State government and its security network, Amotekun Corps from forcefully ejecting or evicting them from their farmlands at Idanre Forest Reserve, Idanre Local Government Area.
He also barred the defendants from grading the Claimants’ farmlands pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The case was then adjourned to August 3rd, 2022.