STIFF penalty awaits youths who parade themselves as Task Force officials intimidating and extorting illegal fees from land developers in Delta State, as the House of Assembly yesterday passed a bill prescribing ten years imprisonment and fine for culprits.Â
The passage of the bill followed the acceptance of the report of the House Committee on Lands, Survey and Urban Development, headed by Mr. Emeka Okonji.
The law seeks to prohibit fraudulent practices on land and other matters connected thereto.
Addressing newsmen after the passage, major sponsor of the bill, Mr. Basil Ganagana, who is also the Deputy Speaker, described the development as a major breakthrough.
“The bill is significant because property developers have been frustrated by these rascals, particularly here in Asaba and other big cities. It was a social evil affecting development as you cannot buy and develop your land peacefully,” he said.
Part of the bill provides that “Any person or group of persons who willfully damages, destroys, pulls down, removes or commits nuisance on any land, building, fence of other persons without lawful authority is guilty of an offence liable to imprisonment for ten years or fine of two hundred thousand naira.
It further stated that “the court shall have powers to confiscate and sell the property or attach the monies in the bank account of any violator of this law for the purpose of using