Lagos warns illegal developers in Lekki-Epe

The Nation reports that the Lagos State Government yesterday warned illegal developers and land speculators in the Lekki-Epe corridor to stop forthwith their unlawful activities or face the law.

Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Co-operative, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye gave the warning when he toured the area where the 16,347 hectares Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) project is sited.

The government, he said, was worried by the trespassers activities who have been swindling buyers. The land he said, was under acquisition.

Ogunleye explained that buyers who did not do “proper investigation at the Land Bureau and the Surveyor General’s Office” risked losing their money. Besides being being acquired, the land, he said, was committed to LFZ projects, the resettlement of affected communities and other schemes.

He noted that signposts of private estates, private universities, companies, a military zone and host of others were some of the “visible encroachments” on the land.

The commissioner said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had approved that stern measures be taken against the illegal developers and the structures removed.

Ogunleye advised the public to be wary of dubious advertisements on “land purchase beside the Lekki Free Zone” sponsored by private estate developers on almost all radio stations in the state.

He said the development projects the land was acquired for were in progress, citing the LFZ project and Dangote Refinery and Petrol Chemical Plant as part of the multi-billion dollars investments there.

Source: The Nation

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