How to Confirm Your Land is a Good or Bad Land in 3 Easy Steps

A Sample Land Information Certificate that shows the Land is free from Government Acquisition and is a safe land.
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This article is dedicated to the Millions of Nigerians who have bought lands in Lagos but are still living under the fear and Ignorance of knowing whether the Lands they have bought years back from Omoniles is a valid land that is free from Government Acquisition and Wahala.   All you have to do is follow this 3 easy steps to confirm whether the land is good or bad:

1. Get a copy of Your Survey Plan. If you don’t have a Survey Plan, please endeavor to do one now at this stage. A Survey Plan should look like this:

The Survey Plan must contain the name of the Owner of the Site, The Size of the Land, description of the land and the date the survey plan was made

The Survey Plan must contain the name of the Owner of the Site, The Size of the Land, description of the land and the date the survey plan was made. If Your Survey Plan does not have the “Free from Acquisition Stamp” on it please be very worried.

 

After you have obtained the Survey plan, you should now give it to your Property Lawyer experienced in Land Matters that you trust or a reliable Independent Surveyor different from the Surveyor that did it to lodge a copy of this survey plan in the SURVEYOR GENERAL’S OFFICE so as to obtain a LAND INFORMATION CERTIFICATE.

2. Once the Lawyer  takes it to the Surveyor General’s office, he is required to pay the requisite fees to obtain the Land Information Certificate and he must come back with a Lagos or Ogun state Tax Receipt like this below:

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Absence of this Receipt shows that the Land Certificate Obtained for You has been forged and should be discarded. Make sure you tell the Lawyer  doing it for you to Produce the Receipt for you. Its your document and proof of payment of lodgement.

3. After payment has been made, it could take between 3 to 4 weeks for the Land Information Certificate to be processed at the Surveyor General’s Office. ( It shouldn’t take longer than that. Anything longer than 4 weeks should raise your suspicion hormones) and once it is processed, the Certificate will look like this Below:

A Sample Land Information Certificate that shows the Land is free from Government Acquisition and is a safe land.

A Sample Land Information Certificate that shows the Land is free from Government Acquisition and is a safe land.

If it is a good land, it will be stated that it has been zoned for either Residential or Mixed Development land and that means your safe and you should heave a sign of relief.

But if the Land you bought is a bad land that is Under Government Acquisition that cannot be ratified or a committed land, then is would advise you not to further develop the land because you have just purchased a problem land and there is very little one can do to help you get out of this Quagmire. A sample Land Information Certificate of a Land that is Under Government Acquisition is below:

 

If you end up purchasing a land that is very defective and Under Government Acquisition and you think if you lodge the red copy it will save you from Wahala, then your very wrong. Once the land has been demed to be defective, it will reflect when they are cross checking it on their system and if the land falls into a place that has been earmarked for a specific project such as roads, bridges, housing estates etc, then that land will be stated to be committed and a total no go area. The sample Land Information Certicate shows the person bought a land that has been given to a private estate to develop. The Omoniles have sold the land fraudulently to that purchaser and there is nothing the owner of that land can do. Any structure he puts on that land will be demolished compulsorily. Shine your eyes and verify the land you want to buy before Government comes to demolish it.

If you end up purchasing a land that is very defective and Under Government Acquisition and you think if you lodge the red copy it will save you from Wahala, then your very wrong. Once the land has been deemed to be defective, it will reflect when they are cross checking it on their system and if the land falls into a place that has been earmarked for a specific project such as roads, bridges, housing estates etc, then that land will be stated to be committed and a total no go area. The sample Land Information Certificate shows the person bought a land that has been given to a private estate to develop. The Omoniles have sold the land fraudulently to that purchaser and there is nothing the owner of that land can do. Any structure he puts on that land will be demolished compulsorily. Shine your eyes and verify the land you want to buy before Government comes to demolish it.

 

Barrister Matthew Ottah helps Nigerians avoid being scammed in real estate deals. He once lost a large sum of money to land fraudsters 'Omoniles' when he was still naive about land matters. Now, he's out on a personal vengeful mission to expose Land scam artists in the Nigerian real estate sector and protect your hard earned money.

14 Responses

  1. Obed says:

    How do you know a land that is the subject of litigation or over which a judgment has been given to another owner or family other than the one selling to you?

  2. steve says:

    Hello Barrister,
    This is steve
    i read most of the comment here and i see how much helpful your advice is to everyone but my case if different as am not in Nigeria and most of the people i know ain’t faithful to count on.
    anyway i really need a useful information on some aspect sir, i just acquire 2 plot of land in Olori Town Ogun state but i only have land agreement and the receipt from the family of the omoolile but to be on the safer side i will like to have all the necessary documentation from the government to be able to have a really rest of mind against the corn mind of the omo onile’s please Barrister i was told the government scheme concerning the landed documentation C of O and other processing from the government to help secure your proper i was told it has been stopped from April please can i have some information on that Sir?
    i shall be expecting your response urgently Sir thanks for your help God bless.
    Steve
    London
    koolet502001@mail.com

  3. Emmanuel says:

    If am buying a land from an estate and the estate has global C of O. The estate management told me they will give me a copy of the global C of O and issue me a Deed of Assignment. I intend to do the survey for my own plot after allotment. What other document do I need and since there is a global C of O do I need to process my own individual C of O. Thanks

  4. Bamitale says:

    for a low class purchase of land around ifo Ogun state does It possible to get a lawyer to help process the necessary documents. since the value of the land it self is not up to #400,000. Dont u think the lawyer will look me as a poor man

  5. joseph says:

    Please I bought a plot of land 2years back through my mother inlaw and I immediately raised a 3bed room en suit structure on the land up to linted level but I didn’t get a receipt of purchase of the land from omo onile till date what do I do to ensure its a safe and secure land and also get the receipt of purchase.

    • tobiloba says:

      hello joseph what part of odonla are you, am in odonla too very near to the town hall, you can write me back and i will tell you who to see.

  6. joseph says:

    The land is situated around odo nla in ikorodu

  7. DEAR SIR
    YOUR LEGAL ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATE, I OWN LAND IN OGUN STATE
    I HAVE THE DEEDS OF ASSIGNMENT IN MY
    POSSESION, FROM 2002.
    MY WIFE WHO IS DECEASED DIED IN 2007
    WE STARTED BUILDING A HOUSE BEFORE MY WIFE PASSED ON.
    THE LAND LEGALITIES WERE PROCESSED
    BY MY WIFES COUSIN WHO IS A PRACTISING ATTORMNEY IN NIGERIA IWISH NOW TO SELL THE PROPERTY AND LAND BECAUSE OF MY AGE, IWAS MARRIED IN LAGOS AND ALSO IN THE UK TO MY LATE WIFE WHAT STEPS DO I NEED TO TAKE TO
    RECLAIM MY PROPERTY AND SELL IT
    YOURS SINCERLY
    JAMES VALENTINE SLOWEY

  8. Emelda says:

    Good day sir,
    Please I saw a
    land in ibeju lekki and the seller claims he bought from omoiles and everything is complete and its gazette.
    Please what can I ask of.
    Thanks in anticipation.

  9. oluyede, fatai oluwashina says:

    are you talking authentically or you are just speculating here because there are some land that was never acquired by the Lagos state government initially but which some government officials are now fraudulently adding into it for their personal gain at the detriment of a poor low income earner who thought he has solve his housing problems but now faced with giving out the kind of money he does not actually have to government officials. we are afraid they might come and quickly demolish if you sound too inquisitive or a bit learned and for the period of ironing out the case at wherever (which may last for as long as ten to twenty or even forty years) you are out in the cold and sun with your family scattered homeless. . . why would a good government not consider the woes and cries of its citizen on such as this issue? Where as in the foreign land the government builds houses for citizen to occupy and then pay for about twenty to even twenty five years in some countries.5

  10. Jzmes says:

    Good day sir. I bought a land at Ekiti got a family receipt and deeds of assignment. I did a survey plan. I send a copy through a d Surveyor to Surveyor General. He told me he stipulated the receipt collected with the survey plan ND over four weeks now he haven’t got the land information certificate. What should I do from here

  11. samsondeen says:

    Sir pls i bought half plot of land at ijegemo town in ogun state through an agent well known to me.he told me the land was formerly sold to woman who needed money and later resold the land through to me. A fresh purchase receipt was issued to me through the head of family who sold the land to the woman i bought it from. Pls what other necessary documents do i need.

  12. Emeka Okereke says:

    Good morning Barrister, my name is Emeka, I bought a land in Abesan and have done a survey of the land. On the survey land is written, plan falls within govt. Acquisition. I want to process the CoO for the land but the surveyor I contracted keeps coming up with all sorts. Recently, he told me that I will require to pay N250,000 to him to for him to obtain the red copy and land information for the land. This is after I have agreed a payment of N320,000 as service fee with him.

    Please advice.
    Emeka

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