LAND LAW – OWNERSHIP OF LAND IN BENIN – In whom Ownership of Land in Benin is vested – Right of Oba to Allocate land in Benin
“It is settled traditional custom that the ownership of land in Benin is vested in the Oba of Benin and that by virtue of this, he is the only authority who can approve of the allocation of building plots to individuals. In order to carry out this customary duty, the Oba, through designated authority, divided Benin into wards and appointed committees to make recommendations to him for such allocations from prospective applicants. For the city of Benin, individuals are appointed as Committee members whereas in the villages’ the Odionweres and village elders constitute the Plot Allotment Committee.” Per SOWEMIMO, J.S.C. in CHIEF J.O. IYASE V. UGIAGBE OMORAGBON (1976-LCER-1054-SC) at P. 1, Para. A.
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