Osun Warns Against Land Encroachment


Osun State Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Muyiwa Ige, on Wednesday warned persons involved in encroachment on  and sale of government land to henceforth desist from such acts or be sanctioned.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some illegal occupants of Government Reservation Areas (GRA) now take delight in selling government land.

Ige told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo that government was prepared to recover all the land sold by the illegal occupants.

He warned those infringing on government land “to have a rethink before it is too late for them.“

According to him, the unbecoming attitude of some individuals, who take over what does not belong to them stem from the culture of impunity.

He warned that all the land already acquired by the government remained the property of government and there was no room for any form of trespass.

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“We have the report in some parts of the state where individuals now reportedly take  government land and resell it to unsuspecting buyers,” he added.

Ige observed that the illegal land sellers divided “a standard plot of land by further dividing it into smaller units for others to buy even at the rate of a plot”.

“People including professionals should start to suspect them and report such developments to the ministry for prompt action.“

He explained that the state Governor, Ogbeni  Rauf Aregbesola, had not been harsh on the perpetrators because he wanted to maintain a harmonious relationship with the people.

Ige, however, warned that government would not hesitate to allow the law to take its full course if those engaged in the activity remained recalcitrant.

The  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, earlier warned the illegal occupants not to take the government for granted.

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