Land Grabber Sentenced To Jail In Lagos

 Land Grabber Sentenced To Jail In Lagos

land grabberA 33-year-old land grabber, Saheed Magbe has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment with an option of fine of one hundred thousand naira by a magistrate court in Ikoyi.

Attorney General and commissioner for justice in Lagos state, Adeniji Kazeem describes the conviction which is the first since the establishment of the Lagos State task force on Land grabbers as a clear signal of zero tolerance for land grabbing in Lagos state.

The accused Saheed Magbe was arraigned on a two count charge of forcible entry and forcible possession of a landed property in Igbopa village in IKORODU.

The offences contradict section 52 and 53 of the criminal law of Lagos state

While delivering the judgement, the magistrate said the one year jail term will run concurrently and gave the convict an option of one hundred thousand naira fine.

The magistrate also warned the convict not to go near the land.

The complaint says he is satisfied with the court ruling and appreciates the law that protects property owners this way.

The Attorney General and commissioner for justice in Lagos state, and the coordinator of Lagos state Task Force on Land Grabbers, describe the judgement as a strong warning signal to land grabbers in the state.

It will be recalled that the Lagos state property protection law was enacted in year 2016 to curb the activities illegal land acquirers and extortionists in Lagos State, and there are indications that the law has minimized the activities of land grabbers popularly known as ‘Omo-onile’.

Mariam Harun

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