Lagos State government has on Thursday said hard times await land grabbers popularly known as Ajagungbale or Omo-onile as the bill to prohibit and criminalise their activities becomes law in the third quarter of this year, with the maximum jail term fixed at 10 years for a convict.
Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Mr Bode Agoro, gave this warning on Thursday, at a ministerial briefing, which he addressed at the Bagauda Kalto Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, even as he disclosed that the Agency raked in approximately a sum of N3.148 billion as revenue on land sales between January and April 2016.
Agoro, who lamented the number of violent attacks that the Ajagungbale had unleashed on a number of government allottees within government scheme, pointed out that such incessant complaints and constant agony being felt by people of the state necessitated the Lagos State House of Assembly embarking on the bill. According to him, the bill, titled, “Bill for a Law to prohibit Forcible Entry and Occupation of Landed Properties, violent and fraudulent Conducts in Relation to Landed Properties in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes,” when signed into law by the governor, would criminalise the activities of the said land grabbers with prison terms ranging from two years to 10 years upon conviction.
“This law will definitely go a long way in stopping this terrible menace in our society. Tell the Ajagungbales, we are determined to win the battle against them. We are coming for them and we are facing them,” Agoro said.