Lagos lawmaker, Dayo Fafunmi has explained why he and his colleagues championed the law to punish land grabbers.
The chairman, Ad-Hoc committee on Land matters in the Lagos State House of Assembly disclosed that since land is like oil in Lagos, the legislative had to protect the life and interest of the buyers in the metropolis.
Explaining further, Fafunmi said: “The law on land grabbers is one of the rules we have to deal with the recklessness of land grabbers in the state. You will agree with me that ownership of lands are tied to companies or government all over the world. There is no free land anywhere. There are lots of miscreants who encroach into people’s land and forcefully displace them of their properties without anybody checking on them.”
The Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency I representative at the Lagos Assembly also described the activities of the land grabbers as barbaric and worthy of a suitable punishment.
“It is very barbaric and that made us to enact the law and as you can see that immediately we passed the bill into laws in Lagos, other states in the country also followed our footstep. Land is like oil to us in Lagos, and because of that we have to protect the life and interest of the buyers.
“A lot of people have lost their lives and life savings because of land grabbers. Because we have a very good and understanding governor, he set up a section under the ministry of Justice to take up the land cases. If you have all the necessary document of your land, any land grabber that encroach on your land will definitely go to jail. Before the advent of this law, people will sell land that does not belong to them and nothing will happen,” Fafunmi said.
Fafunmi is currently the longest serving legislator in the history of Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency I, currently on his third term as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, LSHA.