Happy days are here for all the land owners and intending ones in Lagos as the Lagos State House of assembly passed into law a bill to battle the Omo onile also known as land grabbers. This bill which was passed yesterday prohibits forceful entry and illegal occupying of landed property in the state.
According to Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, a clean copy of the bill has been forwarded to the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his assent by Mr. Azeez Sanni, the acting Clerk of the House. This was done after the Bill had gone through the Third Reading and passed by a voice vote of all members present at plenary session.
What does this mean for landed property investors and owners?
No more forceful land take-over, entry by force, illegal occupying of property, illegal use of Law enforcement agents, encroaching with a weapon, sales of property without authority and professional misconduct among others. According to the provisions of the bill offenders can now face a maximum and minimum of 21 and 5 years imprisonment, there are also various fine impositions for such persons.