HOW TO TACKLE OMO-ONILE WAHALA
Omo-onile are not calm people who can be tolerated. They can be as large as a bone in your throat. If you don’t want your land property taken away, you must be firm and serious. Purchasing land is not as simple as it appears. These omo-onile may sell to multiple people, causing major problems. And if you don’t like wahala, you might end up leaving the land out of frustration. One thing to remember about these omo-onile groups is that prevention is always preferable to cure. Avoid them as much as possible, and here’s how you can do it:
1. YOU NEED A PROPERTY LAWYER
Not all Lawyers can handle this for you, that’s why you need a Lawyer who specializes in property Law. He/she will be able to handle it properly based on professionalism and experience.
2. GO TO THE LAND WITH LAND SURVEYOR AND YOUR LAWYER
A land surveyor should:
*Read the coordinate of the plot with his GPS (Global Positioning System) and other instruments.
*Compare the coordinate readings with the ones in the land survey if there is a copy already.
If it corresponds, then your lawyer/agent should go to Alausa with a copy to find out if the land is under Government acquisition or not. The response from Alausa will determine if you should move to the next stage or not.
3. YOUR LAWYER SEES TO PROPER PAPERWORK
These papers must be completed properly: Land surveys, Deeds of Assignment, Land receipt, Certificate of Occupancy, and Government consent should all be prepared. When an omo-onile sees a Lawyer who knows her onion, they are hesitant to mess up, so they comply calmly. Your lawyer will arrange a meeting between you and representatives of omo-onile, and all families involved in the land transaction will ensure that their signatures are appended for proper documentation. After that, you can proceed with developing your land because having completed all of these steps means that your property is safe.
4. YOUR LAWYER COMES IN AGAIN BY NEGOTIATING SETTLEMENT WITH THE OMO-ONILE OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD
Each stage of development may involve omo-onile interference. That is why your lawyer should meet with them to negotiate before you begin development at all, just to avoid wasting materials because they may beat and harass your workers on the job site, which is a major issue. Even if the situation has been resolved, site workers may be unwilling to work on your site if word gets out. Another issue is that if anyone is killed or maimed during the chaos, this issue could drain you for years because it will almost certainly end up in court.
Meanwhile, keep the “Community Development Association” in mind. You don’t want to keep having problems with these people because having so much trouble with them may end up extending your project to the point where you’re tempted to abandon it. As a result, it is recommended that your lawyer meet with them ahead of time to discuss and negotiate a settlement.
You won’t have any problems moving forward once this is completed and the original receipt is provided. Then your project will undoubtedly proceed smoothly and on time.