Edo vows to deal with land speculators

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BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN—Edo State Government has expressed concern over what it described as the disturbing activities of unauthorised land speculators in the state and promised to deal decisively with the situation this year.

State Chairman, Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee and the Obasogie of Benin Kingdom, Chief Eduwu Ekhator, who lamented what he described as the unlawful and shameful manner in which speculators extort prospective developers across the various communities in the state, said the committee would liaise with the state House of Assembly to come up with a law that would address the situation.

Speaking, weekend, in Benin City, on how the committee resolved the land dispute between some indigenes of the state of the state, he said: “Our committee has been busy treating several petitions arising from land disputes in the state.

“One of such petitions include that of Pa Amadasun, a land developer, who told the committee that he was attacked by thugs loyal to one Victor Ugiagbe for refusing to pay additional money to develop a parcel of land measuring 100 by 100 feet for which he (Amadasun) had paid N500, 000 for nine years ago.

“Mr Ugiagbe, who testified before the committee in connection with the incident, denied attacking the land developer. However, the matter has been resolved amicably after Ugiagbe signed a bond to be of good behaviour for the next six months.”

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