By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government’ has said that it has not authorized the selling of any estate, therefore, those who are selling them have not received approval of government.
To this end, government has warned all land speculators to beware of fraudsters by getting government’s approval before purchasing any parcel of land.
The Commissioner for Lands and Natural Resources, Arch. Ime Ekpo gave the warning during interaction with journalists on Thursday in Uyo.
Ekpo lamented that a lot of people have been swindled by fraudsters over inadequate information of the parcel of land they want to purchase.
“We manage lands effectively for the state government, we hold the registration of lands and there is no land in the state that is not registered, and we issue certificate of occupancy to rightful land owners.
“So many unsuspecting members of the public have been swindled by fraudsters, I will encourage everyone to seek proper information from the ministry of lands and natural resources before purchasing any land,” he said.
Commenting on the issue of raising unauthorized structures, Ekpo said that the state government would not give any notice to illegal properties before its demolition.
He cautioned the members of the public to desist from raising structures under high-tension cables, adding that such practice in any eventuality could lead to serious disaster.
Ekpo, however debunked the allegation of property fraud under his ministry, adding the fake information lacks facts and figures to be taken seriously.
He said the alleged property was a private ownership and had nothing to do with his ministry, stressing that it was unlawful to change titles of property owners.