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Osun Assembly proposes 20 years jail term for land grabbers

OSOGBO – Osun State House of Assembly last week passed four bills into law. The newly passed bills included one prohibiting activities of land grabbers in the state; entitled “Osun State Forceful Entry and Illegal Occupation of Landed Properties (Prohibition) Bill, 2019”, the bill provided that whoever contravened the law when operational, would be liable to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

A statement by the chairman, Assembly Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said other bills passed by the Assembly were the Osun State Audit Bill, 2019; Osun State Legislative Funds Management Bill, 2019, and the Osun State Islamic and Customary Marriage (Registration) Bill, 2019.

Also passed into law was the Osun State Urban and Regional Planning Bill, 2019.

He stated that the lawmakers also adopted the Harmonised Standing Orders and Rules of the Houses of Assembly in the South-West Region and considered Schedule 7 to the Osun Waste Management Authority Law, 2015.

Giving insight into the bill against forceful takeover of landed property, the statement said, “A group or group of persons, who, having used force to take over a landed property in the state before the commencement of this law and remain in possession of the said property three months after the commencement of the law commits an offence.

“A person, who commits an offence under the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) shall, on conviction, be liable to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.” the statement stated.

Credit: Independent

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