The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki says his government is ready to jail violators of the Private Property Protection (PPP) Laws of the State.
Last week, Obaseki signed
the amended piece of legislation into law and set up special courts to prosecute offenders of land grabbers.
He disclosed this while addressing members of the newly-inaugurated Governing Council of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) who paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday at the Government House, Benin City.
He also promised to recover hr land and return it the University.
“Land encroachment and land grabbing are something we are taking very seriously. We enacted a law last week and had a special court to prosecute offenders. We are ready to send as many of them as possible to jail.
“”We are taking the issue of land encroachment very seriously, because if we do not, this seat of power, Edo Government House, will, some day, be encroached upon.
“We are glad that we have promulgated and re-enacted a law on private property protection and banned the activities of community youths perpetrating the act.
“I am happy to inform you that the palace of Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, is standing with our administration on this.
“Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, is very much with our government, as youths protested to his palace on this and he stood firm with our action.
“The traditional institution and the government do not support this act of encroachment. We will ensure that we curtail their activities and recover the land that had been encroached” he said.
Earlier in a remark, Dr Sonny Kuku, Chairman of the University of Benin Governing Council, commended the Governor extending development to the institution, following the the upgrade of roads and other infrastructural infrastructure.
Kuku brought the encroachment on the institution’s land by unscrupulous elements, adding that the menace had hindered expansion of the ivory tower.