- Governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha has put an immediate stop to issuance of Certificates of Occupancy and other land titles in Imo
- The incoming governor gave the directive after a study of the report submitted to him on land matters
- Ihedioha said any officials found wanting in the directives would have themselves to blame
Civil servants in Imo state, especially those serving at the state’s Ministry of Lands, have been directed by the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, to stop the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) and other land titles forthwith.
The development was made public in a statement issued by the governor-elect’s media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that it read: “After a study of the report submitted to him on land matters, the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has issued the following directives:
“All further processing, issuance, execution and collection of Certificates of Occupancy, in respect of land within the Owerri Capital Territory, are hereby suspended and put on hold forthwith.
“Civil servants, public servants, special aides and government officials whose duties concerns land matters, including, but not limited to the registry of deeds, allocation of state land, processing, issuance, execution and delivery or release of Certificates of Occupancy, are to be guided and strictly comply with the above directive.
“Any person found wanting in these directives, would have himself or herself to blame.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a suit challenging the emergence of Emeka Ihedioha as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo was dismissed by a Federal High Court in Owerri.
The case was dismissed on Thursday, April 4, by the presiding judge, Justice Tijani Ringim, citing lack of proof.
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