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In Oyo Indigenes seek law prohibiting land grabbing

Akanmu said that if such legislation was not urgently enacted, it could lead to increase in loss of lives and property in the state.

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi

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Some indigenes of Oyo State have called on the Oyo State Government to enact law that will prohibit land grabbing in the state.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Ibadan on Wednesday that their were many cases of land grabbing was in the state.

NAN recalls that the Lagos State government recently enacted a legislation to check land grabbing and associated criminal tendencies in the state.

Mr Bashiru Akanmu, a farmer, told NAN in Ibadan that government needed to check cases of land grabbing through an instrumentality of enactment of law.

Akanmu said that if such legislation was not urgently enacted, it could lead to increase in loss of lives and property in the state.

Mrs Alake Gbadamosi, an octogenarian, said it was unfortunate that such issues had become the order of the day in the state.

She said that the recent law on land grabbing by the Lagos State was worth being emulated by other states to foster peaceful coexistence.

“The state government has worked so hard in entrenching peace in the state.

“I think they should embrace the Lagos State idea to maintain the peace they fought very had for,” she said.

Also, Mr Sanjo Adekunle, a land speculator, said that the prevalence cases of land grabbing gives them more problem in their jobs.

Adekunle said that the enactment of such law would help them a lot .

NAN reports that the Lagos State Government had in August signed a new law outlawing land grabbing and extortion of money from land developers in the state.

The property protection law was enacted as the appropriate response to the menace of locals, popularly called Omo-Oniles, who are mainly the original or earliest inhabitants of the different areas of 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.

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