Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged legitimate land and property owners in the state to perfect their legal documents for easy administration of justice.
Concise News gathered that the Coordinator of Lagos State Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, Owolabi Arole, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Arole noted that his team had since inauguration received over 1,300 petitions bordering on land grabbing.
He said that the agency concluded 550 cases, made 35 arrests and was still working on 330 petitions.
Arole said, “A large chunk of the land grabbing cases the task force is working on is fraught with issues of improper and incomplete legal documentation and such issues cause a delay in getting justice for rightful owners of the land.
“These issues, however, have not deterred us from carrying out our mandate and getting justice for rightful owners of the land from unscrupulous elements who forcibly encroach and dispossess them of their property.”
Arole noted that untidy property documentation made it difficult for property forcefully taken to be retrieved through legal means.
Urging victims of land grabbers not to take the law into their own hands, the coordinator advised them to report to the state task force team which would ensure that justice was done.
He warned land thugs to desist from the illicit trade, saying the state government would bring the full weight of the law to bear on anybody caught forcibly taking another person’s property.
Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged as governor of Lagos after recording a resounding victory in the 2019 governorship election.
The APC candidate defeated his main rival, PDP’s Olujimi Agbaje, 739,445 to 206,501.