The Lagos State Government has warned residents and property owners in the state to desist from patronising touts and third-party agents when registering their properties.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs.YetundeOnabule, stated that residents should register their properties by themselves at the designated land registry or engage the services of seasoned professionals.
“The Land Registry is now very conducive for all transactions, it is easy to access and displays required documents for all kinds of registration. Therefore, I enjoin you to please make the best use of it, desist from patronising touts and third parties in registering titles, and save yourselves from embarrassments and financial loss,” she said.
Onabule, at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing of the Lands Bureau, stated that the bureau recently discovered fraudulent activities in the process of title documents and had consequently de-registered the affected documents.
She added, “Upon discovery of fraudulent activities in the registration process of title documents without strict adherence to laid down procedures in the registry, the Registrar of Titles had de-registered some title documents and contacted the affected property owners on the development, charging them to provide all necessary evidences on the registration.
“This is in line with Section 99 of the Lagos State Lands Registration Law, 2015, which empowers the RoT to de-register title documents found to have flouted the registration procedures in the Land Registry. Some of those that have responded to the notification put forward by the RoT have failed to provide genuine evidences towards satisfying all required payments and processes for the registration.
“In interrogating them, some of the property owners claimed that they paid for the registration through third parties, whom they either met at the car park or other areas in and around the premises, or were introduced to them by a friend, who in turn does not have a good grasp of who these third party agents really are. It is indeed unfortunate that some clients have ignorantly fallen into this challenge.”
She stated that the de-registered title documents could be re-registered on the condition that all due processes and all laid down procedures were strictly adhered to, including the penalty attached to it in Section 119 of the Lagos State Lands Registration Law, 2015 for registering title documents fraudulently.
Onabule stated that the zeal by residents to obtain title documents had tremendously increased following the awareness consciously created by the current administration.