LAND GRABBING: OBASEKI TO SET UP SPECIAL COURT, JAIL OFFENDERS

Godwin Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his administration is poised to reconstitute the state’s Private Property Protection (PPP) Committee and set up special court to try offenders of encroachment and land grabbing.

The Governor, in a chat with Newsmen in Benin City, disclosed that the state had amended the Private Property Protection Law 2017.

Obaseki said the development was aimed at curbing the criminal activities of land grabbers and property speculators.

According to him, “We are committed to ending land grabbing in Edo State and will next week inaugurate the Committee for the Protection of Private Property (PPP).”

“With this law, we are not only banning the Community Development Associations (CDAs) but also all sorts of splinter groups like Okaigele or people who have come up to forcefully take other people’s landed properties in their communities.”

“We have been waiting for this law to reconstitute the committee on protection of private property.”

Now that we have the law, we will be reconstituting this Committee using this law and utilizing more stringent measures to deal with erring individuals or communities trying to dispose of innocent individuals of their landed properties.

“We are setting up a special court to swiftly try offenders and if guilty, they will certainly face the consequences.”

Mr Obaseki had, on July 27, 2021, assented to the bill repealing the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2017 and re-enacting the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021.

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