FCTA Has Unveiled New Procedures For Conducting Legal Search
The FCT Administration has unveiled new procedures for conducting legal search on landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to curb fraud and abuses.
The FCT Director of Land Administration, Adamu Jibrin Hussaini, dropped this hint at the weekend in his office while addressing some senior staff of the department.
The Director said that henceforth, applicants must write and make three copies of application to conduct legal search addressed to the Director of Lands but for corporate organization/company applications must carry the RC Number (Corporate Affairs Registration Number); while Lawyers handling such transaction must affix their Nigerian Bar Association seals (NBA seals).
“All applications must have photocopies of title document(s) attached while the original(s) must be brought for sighting with the person presenting the title document producing valid identification like International Passport or Driver’s License or Voter’s Card”, Hussaini added.
The Director revealed that relevant original title documents namely: Certificate of Occupancy together with Right of Occupancy; Right of Occupancy; Recertification of Acknowledgement Letter only as well as Right of Occupancy with Recertification Acknowledgement Letter. Certificate Of Occupancy Is It An Indefeasible Proof Of Title?
He advised that any person wishing to do any transaction on any property either developed or undeveloped within the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory should come forward to conduct legal search or visit the ultra-modern customer service at AGIS, No. 4, Peace Drive, Central Business District, Abuja to avoid being scammed by suspected fraudsters
Everyday land transactions occur in Nigeria. Sometimes these lands are subject of dispute, or fraudulently sold to the purchaser even where there is an encumbrance on the said land. There are cases where a particular piece of land is sold to several persons and this causes dispute and litigation.
Before purchasing piece of land, due diligence must be conducted so as to ascertain if the vendor has the right to sell the land. The law is that you cannot give what you have.
Over the years there has been incidents where a purchaser bought a land which has a defective title or a land subject to dispute in court.
There is need to conduct a search on the title. Searches can be conducted in Nigeria through the following ways –
Searches at the Lands Registry
Search at the Companies registry
Search at Probate registry