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80% of Maiduguri land without title documents – Borno

THE Borno State Government has lamented that between 75 to 80 percent of landed properties in the state capital, Maiduguri, is without title documents (Certificate of Occupancy)

Addressing a press conference on Monday in Maiduguri, the Chairman of Borno State Geographic Information Service, Alhaji Bashir Shettima, said the state government was worried that most perceived landowners did not have the prerequisite documents to show for their ownership.

Shettima, who said the government had given them up to the end of this September to regularise their documents, warned that stringent steps might be taken to ensure that every landowner had a title document to his property.

He observed that despite the three-month notice issued to property owners in the state to put the land documents in order, the majority of them had not come forward to register their landed properties.

“They are just relying on customary ownership. While we are not quarreling about that, it is in their own interest to document the customary title so that they will have a superior title.”

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