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Bauchi Govt Sensitises Communities On Land Title Registration

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Bauchi state ministry of Land and survey has embarked on a massive sensitisation exercise of communities on land title registration so as to put an end to land disputes in the state.

Malam Adamu Harif, Chairman Committee Sensitisation on Systematic Land Title Registration set up by the ministry, while sensitising the people of Tirwun, Birshi Seyawa and Birshi Fulani communities in Bauchi Local Government on Monday, said the best way to end land disputes in the state is through registration of land titles with the ministry.

He stressed that most land conflicts in the state were due to non registration of land titles, adding that if land and house owners register with the ministry, their data would be captured on the database of the ministry and certificates of occupancy would be issued to them.

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“Registering with the ministry of land and survey will help the land owners to obtain certificates for their land thereby preventing it against trespassers.

“It will also enable authorities to know the number of people who own plots or houses so that policies, programs and interventions would be effectively and efficiently implemented in communities,” he said.

Harif further explained that if land sellers consult the ministry before allocating plots to buyers, it would help in ensuring good town planning in the state.

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Responding, the village head of Tirwun, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed, commended the ministry for the enlightenment, urging his people to cooperate with the ministry by registering their land titles.

He promised that he would mobilize land sellers and buyers in the community to always contact the ministry of land and survey before undertaking any land transaction.

Also, addressing journalists at the end of the sensitisation exercise, Mr Adamu Ahmed, the state Commissioner for Land and Survey, said that the ministry had been dealing with more than a hundred court cases of land disputes.

He associated the disputes and court cases to non possession of proof of ownership of land, adding that there were multiples of claims over land.

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The commissioner added that land titles would go a long way in reducing land disputes by ensuring that people had secure titles to their lands.

“There are lots of values when people hold titles to their lands. There are issues of security, at least you can go to bed knowing you are holding a paper that confirms ownership of land.

“Since I came on board, I’ve been referring to almost one hundred and twenty court cases that we’ve been dealing with. It’s all because people don’t have proof of ownership of land, so we have multiples of claims over land.

“One of the objectives of this land titles is that, at least, we will reduce those contentious issues by ensuring that people have secured titles to their land and they can sleep well knowing well that their lands are secured,” he said.

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Obaseki Warns Against Open Grazing, Solicits Stakeholders’ Support

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the ban on open grazing in the state still remains, warning that anyone found wanting will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The governor said this while addressing stakeholders during an interactive session on the Edo State Regional Development and Benin City Master Plan, held at Iguobazuwa, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the State.

Obaseki who reassured the government’s commitment to the safety and security of residents, called for the collaboration and support of all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful, secure and prosperous Edo State.

He said, “Any herdsman in our bush without permission is working against the law of our State, and anything that happens, they can’t blame anyone.

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“Let us be sure that nobody gives that person the permission to enter our forest and if permission will be granted, let us know the type of permission given to them to come into our bushes or forest to graze with their cattle.

“Open grazing is banned in Edo State. If they are in your forest, let us know where they are because we have police and vigilantes who will help us get them out through a number we will give you to call.”

Obaseki added, “Anybody that wants to do ranching business should contact you, the community people and you will decide on the land to use and method of feeding their cattle. They should do the business with you and not invade our forest indiscriminately as if there are no owners. The forest and bushes belong us.”

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Nigeria Air: EFCC Arrests Ex-Buhari’s Minister Over N8bn Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over an ongoing N8 billion money laundering probe of Nigeria Air.

Vanguard gathered that Sirika arrived at the Federal Capital Territory Command of the EFCC at about 1:00 pm on Tuesday.

Sirika is currently being quizzed by the EFCC investigators over alleged fraudulent contracts awarded by him to a company known as Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika.

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Recall that, in February, EFCC investigated the activities of the Aviation Ministry under Sirika for conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and contract inflation.

Others are criminal breaches of trust and money laundering amounting to N8,069,176,864.00 during Sirika’s tenure in office.

Apart from being listed as the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar is said to be the sole signatory to the company’s two accounts, domiciled in Zenith and Union Banksy.

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It was gathered that the ex-minister’s younger brother, Abubakar Sirika, has been arrested and detained by the commission in connection with N3,212,258,930.18 paid to his company, Engirios Nigerian Limited’s, bank account by the former minister.

It was noted that there is no trace of work done on any of the contract items to date.

Sirika was arrested Sunday February 4 to assist the commission in its probe of the Aviation Ministry’s financial expenditures during his tenure.

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BREAKING: EFCC Freezes Over 300 Accounts Over Suspicious FX Flows

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, says the anti-graft agency has discovered another worse scheme other than crypto trading platform Binance and its system.

He said the agency has frozen about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

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The scheme popularly called the “P to P” peer- peer financial trading scheme has operated outside the official banking and financial corridors and there was a looming disaster that could further crashed the Naira value that has continued to gain.

“There are people in this country doing worse than Binance,” he said, adding that over $15bn passed through one of the platforms in the last one year, outside the financial regulations.

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