The government of Ogun State has issued a stern warning to anyone attempting to acquire or occupy state-owned land without the proper authorization.
It is also illegal to sell any of these lands, according to a statement released by the Bureau of Lands and Survey’s press officer, Bisi Fabajo, on behalf of Director General, Arc. Segun Fowora.
The statement claims that Fowora issued the warning during a practice run by a task team assembled by the Bureau to carry out the necessary land procedures.
Encroachment on government land, as well as the construction of structures on such land, without government clearance, is illegal and distorts town planning operations and other government initiatives, the DG had emphasized.
The DG implied that, in addition to hefty fines, “those who encroach on government lands might end up losing such land.”
He suggested that people avoid losing such land and properties by following the rules and getting the appropriate permits.
Before buying land in different parts of the state, Fowora advised the general public to get some expert counsel.
He explained that this was necessary so that buyers would be aware of the legal standing of the land they were considering purchasing.
Fatal Adeboyejo, who heads the Bureau’s 10-person task group, echoed this sentiment, urging residents to stop buying land from speculators known as “Omo onile” in the state.
Adeboyejo warned that investors would face legal consequences if they did not follow the land transaction procedures, and he urged them to get in touch with the Bureau of Lands and Survey in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.