Land grabbing soon to become a criminal offence in Lagos

Posted by News Express | 21 July 2016 | 2,402 times

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Activities of land grabbers and speculators in Lagos State will soon be under permanent check as members of the State House of Assembly has, at its plenary on Tuesday, passed a bill which seeks to criminalise what has come to be known as “land grabbing” into law.

The bill, which was passed after the third reading, prohibits forceful entry and illegal occupation of landed properties; violent and fraudulent conduct in relation to landed properties in Lagos State and for connected purposes and has duly been sent to the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for his assent.

The Speaker LAHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in his submission stated that the passage of the bill into law will give sanction to any individual who is culpable of the offence.

In a related development, a bill for a law to create and exhibit sporting activities has scaled through the second reading.

Hon. Adedamola Kasumu representing Ikeja Constituency II, while reading the

bill on the floor of the House, said the bill seeks to establish and formulate sport policy in the State and it would create opportunity to give support financially to schools and clubs.

He said, the bill when passed into law, will also regulate and supervise sporting activities and committees at Local Government levels; engage the youths and empower the Sport Commission to inaugurate and regulate committees.

Hon. Agunbiade who contributed to the merits of the bill said: “I see this bill coming to strengthen sporting activities in the state.”

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa however ruled that the bill should be sent to the the House Committee on Youths Sports and Social Development for detailed examination and deliberation.

•Photo shows Lagos Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

Source: News Express

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