The Lagos State Government has announced that it will no longer be business as usual for land grabbers in the state as it commenced the process for the review of the State Properties Protection Law, LSPPL, 2016 to expunge option of fines to any convicted landgrabber(s) with mandatory six years jail term to serve as deterrence to others.
“Since the first of February 2021, you probably must have been exposed to our advertisement calling on Lagosians to the activities of dubious elements in certain communities who are selling Lagos state government lands to unsuspecting pubic in some parts of Lagos,” Bode Agoro, Permanent Secretary of the state’s land bureau stated this.
A statement issued after a stakeholders’ meeting was held revealed that Ibeju-lekki and Eti Osa are some of the hot spots of landgrabbers in Lagos popularly known as “omo onile”.
“These land grabbers have now taken their game to a new level as they have the audacity to erect signpost bearing government logo and excision application file numbers in their desperate attempt to deceive prospective buyers into believing that sales of such lands are genuine transactions and have government backing.
“In line with our vision to be a platform for efficient land resources management that promotes easy access to land and title registration in Lagos State and our mission to entrench a culture of excellence, that ensures prompt and efficient service delivery anchored on the most current technology, we are doubling efforts to confront all circumstances that may undermine transparency and integrity in the process of accessing land for either residential or commercial purposes.
“The Attorney-General of the state has drafted the proposed amendment bill and presently with the state House of Assembly for public hearing. In the next two months or less, we expected the law to be in operation.
‘The focal point of the review is to remove the aspect of option of fines and make it mandatory of six years in jail for convicted landgrabber (s).
“We cannot afford to fold our arms while some persons continue to take advantage of hardworking and responsible Lagosians by selling illegal lands to them.
“This is even so as the consequences of those transaction put lands bureau under unnecessary pressure when the buyers eventually come forward to process title documents. That is why it is better to proactively tame this preventive action now.
“Without address the omonile syndrome, we would have left a big monster, plaguing investment in real estate in Lagos state to continue festering.
“There are many well-meaning corporate organisations, some of which are represented here today who cannot easily make investment decisions due to the confusion, anarchy and avoidable conflicts caused by land grabbers activities. All these have to stop.
“It is regrettable that many of the faces behind this criminal acts are supposedly responsible leaders in the communities affected. It is hoped that after this engagement they will see that the government is willing and ready to confront this menace and bring it to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated.”