Ogun sets up judicial commission of enquiry on land matters

Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has approved the constitution of a judicial commission of enquiry to review land allocation, documentation and various suspected illegal land dealings in the state in recent times.

The Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwasina Ogungbade SAN, said the commission was set up in line with the administration’s commitment to transparency in government processes, and drive to ease doing business.

He said the governor was aware that in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings (EODBR), the legal regime for registering property is a critical indicator that determines how attractive a jurisdiction is for investments.

“As such, the governor hopes that the commission would help uncover and redress any practices regarding land allocation and documentation in Ogun State that are harmful to investment or good social order,” the statement said.

The commission will be chaired by Honourable Justice S A Olugbemi (retd) and supported by Adetunji Onabowo Esq, a (Legal Practitioner) and Mr. Edward Awolowo Ajogun, a retired and the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Ogun State.

Other members are Odesanya Shakiru Tunde of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and Mr Toyin Aluko, an Estate Valuer.

The governor will inaugurate the commission at a date to be communicated shortly, where the governor will stipulate the duration of the commission’s assignment.

The statement added that the commission’s terms of reference would include: a mandate to identify and unravel all illegal land transactions that have taken place between 2019 to date,

It will also identify all perpetrators and accomplices involved in such the illegal dealings, to receive and investigate general complaints from the public around land acquisition and documentation in the state.

The commission will also make recommendations to curb bottlenecks, delays, and corruption in land acquisition and documentation in the state.

*Source: Ogun Radio/Waheed Ogunjobi