Scores of deaf and dumb persons yesterday in Ibadan staged a peaceful protest against illegal acquisition of twenty acres from thirty-nine acres of their land by the Oyo State government.
The protest was led by the National Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Christian Mission for the Deaf, Mr. Silas Ike who said the mission bought 39 acres of land on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in 2004 with a plan to build the first special university for the deaf and dumb in the country and Africa on it.
The protesters stormed the Agodi government secretariat carrying placards with various inscriptions, such as: “We need more than 39 acres for the proposed university”; “We want our land for proposed university”; “Please, do not oppress the deaf” and “We bought our land with donations from people.”
But Oyo State Commissioner for Land and Housing, Mr. Isaac Omodewu, who addressed the protesters, assured them that he would meet the governor, who he said was out of the state, on the matter.
He assured the protesters of facilitating a meeting with their representative in the next one week.