LANDS IN NIGERIA THAT HAVE NO MINIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR OWNERSHIP. * Daily Law Tips (Tip 500) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

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By the Land Use Act, no person less than 21 years old can own a land in Nigeria. It is illegal for any Governor to grant a statutory right of occupancy or give consent to any transfer of title of land to any person that is less than 21 years old except for 2 reasons.

The 2 exceptions are; by inheritance, any person less than 21 years old can own land in Nigeria. And a person, less than 21 years old can also own land through duly appointed guardian or trustee.

The above principle applies to lands under or granted by the Governor of a state (statutory ownership) and does not affect lands under customary ownership. Hence, the lands in Nigeria that have no minimum age limit for ownership are the lands under Customary Right of Occupancy, like lands in rural areas.

My authorities are sections 1, 7, 51 and 52 of the Land Use Act, 1978.

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