- Land grabbing remains a major issue in Lagos and many states of the federation
- The Lagos state government said with the law against it already passed, monarchs must be careful
Traditional rulers in Lagos state must now be very careful with issues concerning the sales and control of land if they do not want to be dethroned.
The state government says it would dethrone any monarch caught engaging in land grabbing.
The government frowns at land-grabbing which is now a criminal offence.
The Punch reports that the coordinator of the Lagos State Taskforce on Land Grabbing, Jide Bakare, gave the warning in Ikeja during a sensitisation programme on the Lagos State Property Protection Law, 2016, organised by the Office of Civic Engagement.
Bakare said it was stated in the law that any traditional ruler who engaged in illegal activities of land grabbing would be dethroned.
He said, “Some high-profile land grabbers have been arrested and are being prosecuted. Government is determined to ensure that people who acquired property are protected from the activities of land grabbers.”
Speaking at the event, the special adviser in the office of civic engagement, Kehinde Joseph, recalled how residents suffered in the past after acquiring.
It was because of the plight suffered by property owners that the Lagos state House of Assembly passed the Property Protection Law, according to Joseph.
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The report quoted Joseph as saying: “To ensure the effectiveness of the law, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode set up the task force on land grabbing to handle individuals or groups that may be on the wrong side of the law.”
The top government official appealed to land owners in the state to take advantage of the reforms.
NAIJ.com recently reported how some Lagos residents called on the state government to come to their aid after land grabbers popularly known as (Omo Oni le) destroyed their houses with heavy bulldozers.
The land grabbers allegedly destroyed houses located at Oke Afa, Ajao estate at the early hours of Saturday, March 11.
Watch this video done on a part of Lagos state: