22 Jul 2015

Lagos State Govt to recover 250 acres of land in Ikorodu from land grabbers

The Lagos State Government has ordered the state Taskforce on Environment and Special Offence Unit to recover 250 acres of land in Gberigbe, Ikorodu, allegedly taken over by a land grabber.

It was gathered that the land was given to a family for farming in the 80s by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

The acres of land were, however, taken over by the land grabber, who the government also accused of selling them and pulling down over 12,000 palm trees in the farm.

It was gathered that employees of the farm were sent away from the farm by the land grabber.

The Chairman of the task force, Mr. Akeem Adedeji, said the state government would not condone illegal eviction of rightful landlords from their property by miscreants, adding that the era of land grabbing in Lagos was over.

Adedeji said in line with the governor’s directive, the unit would move into the Ikorodu area and serve notices to quit on present occupants of the land, who he said, must have bought their property from the land grabbers.
He said, “Sequel to his passion to make life easy for every citizen, Governor Ambode told us to follow due process in our enforcement.

“So, we will go to the land to serve notices to quit to whoever is occupying the land. The occupant will be served papers, the structures found on the land will be marked, after which we will recover the land. The essence is to enable them to present their documents if indeed they have any.

“They will be notified, but the land will be recovered to the government in accordance with the governor’s directive.”
Credit: Sesan Olufowobi/Punch

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