Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has warned community leaders against involvement in land grabbing as anyone caught would be made to face the wrath of law.
Amosun gave the warning last Thursday during the sensitisation workshop organised to familiarize community leaders with land laws peculiar with the state.
The workshop has as its theme: ” Understanding Traditional and Statutory Laws on Ownership, Acquisition and Devolution of Land in Ogun state to Prevent Land Disputes and Inherent Criminality Therein”.
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The governor was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jide Ojuko, Amosun said the activities of the land grabbers had discouraged investors from communities as none would be willing to site factories or embark on developmental projects in troubled areas.
“I want to warn land grabbers operating within the state and their sponsors to stop such illegal act because the state has enacted a law to punish anyone found guilty of fraudulent conduct or forceful takeover of landed properties. Offenders will face the full wrath of the law henceforth.
“I appeal to community leaders to always exhibit exemplary character worthy of emulation and as well educate their subjects to desist from illegal activities particularly unwholesome land deals, refrain from actions that can tarnish your names and reputations,” Amosun said.
He urged community leaders to sensitise their subjects to obtain their permanent voters cards and mobilise people to vote wisely for credible candidates of their choice.
“Please guide our youths well and advise them not to make themselves available to be misguided by any unscrupulous elements who under the guise of politics enlist youths to unleash terror on others,” he said.
Earlier, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said land dispute had been an issue to contend with all over the world from time immemorial.
He urged the community leaders to keep themselves abreast of the Land Use Act to enable them understand every law regarding land matters in the country.