From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Determined to retrieve lands that were illegally acquired, the Delta State Government has arrested thirty- six persons for allegedly acquiring lands as well as erecting buildings on them in the recent times through illegality.
Over the years private individuals have encroached on government landed properties in the state to erect their buildings without recourse to its rightful owners.
But the state Director of Information, Mr Dan Obuseh in a statement he signed and a copy made available to journalists in Asaba, stated that trespassers into the state government lands would be stripped of the properties.
Part of the statement reads, “it has come to the notice of the state government that some individuals and group of persons have encroached into Owa Eke / Owa Alero/ Owa Nta Government acquired land along Owa Eke /.Owa Alero road in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.”
The statement further explained that” for the avoidance of doubts, the land along Owa Eke/ Owa Alero road belongs to the Delta state government and has not been allocated to any individuals or group of Persons for any Purpose whatsoever, and accordingly, all trespassers and illegal developers on the state government acquired land along Owa Eke/ Owa Alero road are advised to vacate the Land immediately or face lawful removal/ demolition of all such unauthorized structures in line with the Delta State Urban and Regional Planning Law 2005.”
Investigation revealed that across the state, acquired illegal lands and its sale through mastermind hoodlums thrive as many of them after collecting money from unsuspecting members of the Public seeking to buy lands and erect houses, lavishly spend the money at drinking spots in company of desperate young ladies who sexually will seduce them to share from the money.
Although the state government had over the years banned what it described as “ Deve” initiated by Jobless Persons at various communities as illegal, the situation and ban seemed to have been jettisoned by these” Crooks” who also sell government lands to unsuspecting members of the Public for millions of naira.
Speaking to journalists in Asaba on Tuesday, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Peter Mrakpor said that those arrested would be prosecuted in accordance with the law, adding that the state government would not tolerate illegality, especially for those who have encroached on the state government landed Property
He said that the state government had over the years revoked many landed property that were acquired by persons through the illegal sale by land speculators in the state, adding that the state government was committed towards the development of the state and ensure a Stronger Delta.
Sources said that lands are sold between N5million and N6million in core areas across the state while jobless youths within where the lands were sold demand for extra money often Called” Deve” as in most cases clash with the Police during their illegality.
The state Police Commissioner, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah who in a reaction described as unfortunate that many youths do not want to work and earn a living, rather than engaging in illegality, adding that the Police would not tolerate any act of illegality no matter how highly placed personalities that are involved and Warned those involved in illegality should desist from the act or be faced with the wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, the state government has condemned in its entirety the inhuman act of the unidentified youths whose actions have become an embarrassment to the state, adding” the state government seriously frowns at the actions of these youths which negates the Bonn Convention on Conservation of migratory species of wild Animals and warned that anyone caught hunting protective animals within the state, will be arrested and prosecuted in line with the relevant laws of the land.”
The statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu said that anybody Caught Killing Such animal will be Jailed because the state government Cannot Continue to watch people destroy the nature out of ignorance.