By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State government has uncovered illegal activities of some families and individuals involved in the sales of state land in Igbogbo Millennium Residential Scheme, in Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of the state to unsuspecting buyers.
The state government has, therefore, issued a stern warning to the fraudsters to desist forthwith or face prosecution.
Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Mr Gbenga Ashafa, who disclosed this, said the land in question was government acquired land being part of the 915 hectares global acquisition of 1985 published in the Lagos State government Gazette No 67 Volume 18.
Ashafa lamented that there had been several confirmed reports to the state government that some individuals and families were selling government land within the scheme to unsuspecting members of the public.
According to him, â€œthe areas where the illegal operations are being perpetrated include Igbo-Owore, Agunfoye village, Morekete, Ilado-Inu Ilado Kutti, Igbogbo Township and Salewu villages.
â€œThe state government wishes to categorically state that the illegal activities of these individuals and families who have actively encouraged encroachers to erect structures and shanties within the scheme by their acts of illegal sales of land are against the state government policy of transforming the state into well planned model mega city which Nigerians, indeed the whole world, will be very proud of.â€
It warned â€œany member of the public who engages in the fraudulent and illegal act within the scheme to steer clear of the land, remove all the illegal structures on the subject land and desist forthwith or anyone caught would be prosecuted accordingly.
â€œAll the illegal structures erected within the scheme areas risked being removed in accordance with the provisions of relevant laws and regulations.â€