10-Year Jail Term for Lagos Land Grabbers

  • As Ambode ratifies law, sets up neighbourhood safety corps

Gboyega Akinsanmi

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday ratified the state properties protection law, which prescribed a jail term of 10 years for suspects guilty of land-grabbing.

Also, he signed the state neighbourhood safety corps law which, according to him, would boost security of lives and property in all 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas.

He signed the two laws at the State House, Alausa, in the presence of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Funmilayo Atilade and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem among others.

Before signing them, Ambode said the laws were central “to our focus of safeguarding the lives of all residents, as well as attracting, growing investments and improving the ease of doing business in the State.”

He added that in addition to equipping all the security agencies in the state, the state government “has now created a legal framework to put some form of communal protection in place to boost and support the great job the Nigeria Police is presently doing.”

He said the safety corps would assist the police and other security agencies “to maintain law and order across the communities. The Neighbourhood Safety Agency will be established to register all private home security and any other person employed for private home security, amongst other things.”

Further details later