Ekocity Magazine with Agency report — The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit forceful entry and illegal occupation of landed properties in the state.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, after the Bill had gone through the Third Reading and finally passed by a voice vote of all members present at plenary session, told the acting Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, to forward a clean copy of the bill to the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for his assent.
According to the provisions of the bill, land grabbers now face a maximum and minimum of 21 years and five years imprisonment.
There are also various fine impositions for individuals or groups convicted of the offence. The bill provides for prohibition of forceful land take over, entry by force, illegal occupation of property, use of land agents, illegal use of Law enforcement agents, encroaching with a weapon, sale of property without authority and professional misconduct among others, with their attendant punishments as regards the particular offence.
The law was read a third time at plenary through a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.
The passage of the bill into law in Lagos State is seen as a huge step towards a lasting solution to the activities of the land grabbers, popularly known as Omo Onile or Ajagungbale, which have become an age-long menace in the state.
The law prohibits forceful entry and illegal occupation of landed properties, violent and fraudulent conducts in relation to landed properties in Lagos State and for connected purposes. Obasa urged Governor Ambode to sign the bill into law for enforcement.