The Lagos State Government has cautioned illegal developers and land speculators along the Lekki–Epe corridor not to encroach on government land or face the full weight of the law.
The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye gave the warning while on a tour of the 16,347 hectares Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) project.
He said the State government had observed with dismay the massive encroachment by private estate developers and land speculators swindling members of the public into purchasing parcels of land within government acquisition along the corridor.
Ogunleye explained that buyers of such land who fail to conduct proper investigations at the Lands Bureau and the Surveyor General’s Office stood the risk of losing their money, stressing that land within the affected areas was committed to LFZ projects, resettlement of affected communities and other schemes.
He noted that signposts of private estates, Private University, companies, a military zone and host of others were some of the encroachments discernible on the wide expanse of land.
The Commissioner said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had given approval for stern measures to be taken to deal decisively with the illegal developers including removal of all illegal structures on the land.