The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill proposing 25 years imprisonment or death sentence if life is involved, 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 the use of any fire arms, offensive weapon, obnoxious or chemical materials or the said offender causes any form of injury or uses violence on any person.
The bill equally spelt out N5million 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 also provides that in case of kidnapping, violent rituals resulting in death or grievous bodily harm, forcible detention and related offence “where the person kidnapped, restrained, detained, kept, abducted or seized dies in the course, the offender shall be liable on conviction to such punishment as provided for the offence of murder under Section 319 (1) Criminal Code Law of Ogun State, 2006 or such other law for the time being in force.”
It added that where “the person does no die in the course, the offender shall be liable on conviction to punishment for life with hard labour and without an option of fine”.
The bill titled, “H.B. No. 03/2016- A bill for a law to Prohibit Forcible Entry and Occupation of Landed Properties, Violent and Fraudulent Conducts in a Relation To Landed Properties, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Cultism and Allied matters and For other Matters Incidental thereto or Connected Therewith” was passed at the plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi who ordered that the clean copy of the bill be sent to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.
The passage of the bill followed the presentation of the report of the special/ joint Committees on Lands and Housing as well as Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions led by the Deputy Speaker and Sponsor of the bill, Hon. Olakunle Taiwo after which he moved a motion for its adoption, seconded by Hon. Adebiyi Adeleye and supported by the Whole House.