The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill proposing 25 years imprisonment or death sentence for anyone found guilty of placing on any land or landed property any agent for the purpose of forceful takeover of the said land with arms or other offensive weapons.
According to the bill, death sentence applies when a life is or lives are lost in such forceful takeover of land. Kidnappers also risk life sentence.
The bill, which was passed into law on Tuesday, is currently awaiting the governor’s assent.
The bill equally spelt out N5m fine or 10 years imprisonment or both for anyone found guilty of placing on any land or landed property any agent for the purpose of forceful takeover of the said land.
The bill, which is titled, “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.”
The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo, representing Ifo 1 State constituency.