– As Amosun signs bill
Land grabbers in Ogun State might henceforth not have it easy as the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday signed a bill into law prescribing up to 25 years imprisonment and death sentence for anyone found guilty.
The Governor assented to the bill almost a month after the state House of Assembly passed the bill criminalising land grabbing or forceful takeover of landed property in the state.
The bill was titled, “H.B. No. 03/2016 – A bill for a law to prohibit forcible entry and occupation of landed properties, violent and fraudulent conducts in relation to landed properties, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and allied matters and for other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.”
Speaking after signing it, Governor Amosun declared that the state would not be made a comfort zone for criminals.
He said anyone that runs foul of the law would be severely dealt with, adding that the government would not compromise the prevailing peace and security in the state.
He said, “We want to let people know that Ogun State will not be comfort zone for any criminal or so-called ‘omo oniles’ (land grabbers). They have engaged in maiming, killing and lawlessness. But now, the law will go after them.
“We are now having enabling law to prosecute and anybody that runs foul of this law, of course, will have himself or herself to blame.
”To the kidnappers, they know that this is their end. Anybody that involves himself in kidnapping, armed robbery and all these social vices will not be allowed in Ogun State. I want to believe that with the operation of this law, criminals will run away from the state.”
The governor said he would continue to put in place policies to ensure conducive atmosphere for businesses and investments.
He commended members of the House of Assembly, some of whom were led to the venue by the Speaker, Suraj Isola Adekunbi, Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders for ensuring speedy action on the law.
Speaking with reporters shortly after, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, promised that the command would enforce the law accordingly.
“This is a clarion call to all criminals, armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and so on that there is no place for them in Ogun State. They should relocate because there is no room for them. We are ready to enforce the law,” he said.