Ogun warns against illegal encroachment on lands

HOUSING-2-256x125THE Ogun State Housing Corporation has warned members of the public to desist from unauthorised buying and selling of its landed property or putting up buildings on any of the Corporation’s estate without necessary approval from the agency.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Corporation, Mr. Akindipupo Enilolobo, who gave the warning, said the development became necessary to put an end to the increasing cases of encroachment on its estates and lands across the state, adding that the Corporation would not hesitate to use maximum force, which may lead to demolition to reclaim its lands.

Enilolobo, therefore, enjoined people to be careful when buying landed property on any of the Corporation’s estates in the state to avoid loss of money invested in acquiring such property.

The rate at which some unscrupulous individuals enter into government-owned lands and estates and sell the plots on such lands to unsuspecting members of the public under the cover that the land has been released to the community by one administration or the other, has become very worrisome for the authorities of the corporation, most of such claims which are not verifiable or gazetted is used to deceive people who themselves are looking for cheap plots for development of residential homes and business,” he said.

The Corporation’s spokesman stated that most of such plots that were sold illegally had already been allocated to some clients of the Corporation, only for them to get to their plots and find a building on it.

He emphasised that the Corporation would have no choice than to demolish such illegal structures to reclaim the plots for the original allottees.

He further said that the Corporation would neither do ratification nor compensate anyone for losses incurred in any illegal transaction involving lands and property of the Housing Corporation as usually promised by unauthorised sellers to illegal buyers that government would do ratification for them.

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