The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Monday, said many of the land documents in the state were fake.
He said this during the signing of the Land Use Act, Title, Documentation and Regulation bill into law at the Lagos House.
Fashola said, “In a day only, I discovered that out of 50 files, eight are false and I forwarded them to the Attorney-General for prosecution.”
He added that the discovery was besides the ones already discovered by the land bureau officials.
He, however, urged land owners to use opportunities provided by the new Land Use law to obtain valid title documents.
He said, “If people need lands, they are available, we will help to process and regulate them.
“Those that have trumped up files should honourably come and withdraw them, and come with fresh re-applications. They should be able to process new and authentic land document within the next six months.”
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, explained that the bill would aid in the authentication of land ownership in the state.
He said, “This will help in providing valid documentation and total registration of land in Lagos. This will eliminate squabbles and fraudulent transactions perpetrated by deceitful people.
“Anyone that presents forged documents will be prosecuted under the criminal law, which is a year imprisonment.”
The Permanent Secretary, Land Bureau, Mr. Hakeem Okunola, said through the law, people would have confidence that they have valid land titles.