It will no longer be business as usual for land grabbers in Ogun state, as the state House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill proposing 25 years imprisonment or death sentence for anyone found guilty of land grabbing.
The assembly in its deliberations on Tuesday also prescribed a death sentence if a life is lost during the “forceful takeover of land with the use of any firearms, offensive weapon, obnoxious or chemical materials.”
The passage of the bill follows the presentation of the report of special joint committees on Lands and Housing as well as Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions.
Honourable Olakunle Oluomo, who sponsored the bill moved a motion for the adoption of the report by the committee, which was seconded by Honourable Adebiyi Adeleye and supported by the whole house.
The bill equally spelt out a N5 million fine or 10 years imprisonment or both for anyone found guilty of contracting an agent for the purpose of a forceful takeover of any land in the state.
The bill also spelt out punishment for robbery.
It says any person who commits the offence of robbery shall upon trial and conviction under this law be liable to a sentence of imprisonment for a term not less than twenty-one years, while conviction for armed
robbery attracts death sentence.
It also added that in case of kidnappings, abductions, violent rituals resulting in death or bodily harm, forcible detention and related offence, where the person kidnapped, restrained detained, kept, abducted or seized dies in the course, the offender shall be liable on conviction to such punishment as provided for the offence of murder under Section 319 (1) Criminal Code Law of Ogun State, 2006 or such other law for the time being in force.
But where the person does not die in the course, the offender shall be liable on conviction to punishment for life imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine.
A copy of the bill will be sent to the State governor, Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government had also placed a 21-year jail term on land grabbers if arrested, tried and found guilty.