Ekiti to prosecute illegal occupiers of agric land

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi

Chairman, Nigeria Governors' Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi

Published 15 September 2021

The Ekiti State Government has issued a notice to quit to people illegally occupying pieces of land acquired by it for agricultural purposes.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, who lamented that most of the pieces of land acquired for agricultural and other purposes had been indiscriminately encroached upon, warned against further trespass.

Adetoyi, represented by the Director of Land Services in the ministry, Mr Akanni Bello, spoke when a team from the Bureau of Land Services and the Ministry of Agriculture went to erect cautionary notices on land acquired by the state government at Ipao-Ekiti, Isan/Ayede and other areas categorised as agricultural zones in the state.

He said, “Anyone found encroaching on the land after the exercise will be made to face the full wrath of the law as the government will not hesitate to prosecute any illegal occupier on its land.

“The government decided to paste notices on all pieces of land acquired for farming activities to inform all unauthorised occupiers to vacate the land or take the proper channels for occupancy.”

Adetoyi, who said the pieces of land were acquired in the public interest, added, “It is not only unfair, but also a disservice to the entire people of the state if a few recalcitrant persons are allowed to continue encroaching on the land to the detriment of the entire state.”

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