Land grabbing now attracts 21 year jail term in Lagos

Anyone convicted of land grabbing or forceful occupation of another person’s landed property in Lagos state will henceforth spend a maximum of 21 years in prison.

The bill target anyone or groups engaging in forceful take-over of land, illegal occupation of landed properties, the use of land agents, illegal use of law enforcement agents, encroachment on landed property of another person with weapons and the sale of property without authority.

A bill passed by the State House of Assembly on Tuesday prescribes a maximum of 21 years jail term and a minimum of five years, as well as fines for anyone convicted for such offences.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, has directed the house acting clerk, Azeez Sanni, to send a clean copy of the bill to the state Governor for his assent.

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