The Lagos State Government has advised legitimate land and property owners in the state to perfect their legal documents for easy administration of justice.
The Coordinator of the Lagos State Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, Mr Owolabi Arole, noted that untidy property documentation made it difficult for property forcefully taken to be retrieved through legal means.
Arole stated these while reviewing a report on the activities of the task force for the first and second quarters of 2019, a statement said on Sunday.
“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 delay in getting justice for rightful owners of land.
“These issues, however, have not deterred us from carrying out our mandate and getting justice for rightful owners of land from unscrupulous elements who forcibly encroach and dispossess them of their property,” he said in the statement.
Arole noted that the task force had since inauguration received over 1,300 petitions bordering on land grabbing, adding that the agency concluded 550 cases, made 35 arrests and was still working on 330 petitions.
While 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.