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Jan 17, 2019

Legalnaija Property Law Tip


Have you ever heard the allegations that members of a certain community/tribe or ethnicity usually refuse to sell land to persons who are not one of them? 

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Such acts are unconstitutional as seen in the above quote from the Nigerian Constitution.
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Also did you know that when a person's land is acquired by the govt, such person must be paid compensation. The relevant provision of the law is Section 44 of the Constitution which states - 

"(1) No moveable property or any interest in an immovable property shall be taken possession of compulsorily and no right over or interest in any such property shall be acquired compulsorily in any part of Nigeria except in the manner and for the purposes prescribed by a law that, among other things –

(a) requires the prompt payment of compensation therefore and

(b) gives to any person claiming such compensation a right of access for the determination of his interest in the property and the amount of compensation to a court of law or tribunal or body having jurisdiction in that part of Nigeria." 
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