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Looking to buy lands? Learn about EXCISION AND GAZETTE.

It’s a piece of needed information for all those looking to invest in properties.

We hear this word excision. Now for us to answer what excision is about and to explain this, we need to go back into history.

Nigeria gained independence in 1960. She has what we call the land use act, as at the time it was propagated.

It was a land-use act decree which came into being in 1978.

The land use act basically bested all lands in all the states of the federation.

Under the controls of the government whether the federal government or the state government.

Technically speaking, it is the government that owns the land.


This means the process of getting excision for land has been initiated evidence by the KL.

File number.

This does not mean its a title for the land that the e-Excision is filed for but it’s sure that the excision will be granted once the state officials are through with the process.

If a land area where to be committed, the initiation of excision will not even commence because the government or state officials will make.

It known to all parties and will advise everyone to leave the area of interest.

Excision is the RIGHT of the community as the 1979 land use ACT recognizes ancestral ownership of land.

Therefore when Excision File Num is given to an area.

There are high chances of approval of the Excision than rejection.

Land Use Decree on the 28th of March, 1978 that vested all lands in every state of the Federation under the control of the State Governors.

Who was now the owner of all lands in the state to actually have the power to acquire more lands.

The Land Use Act coupled with other laws made it possible for the Governor.

Compulsorily for its own public purpose to provide amenities for the greater good of the citizens?

Fortunately, the government recognizes that indigenes of different sections of the country have a right to existence.

A right to the land of their birth. Hence.

It is customary for the State government to cede a portion of land to the original owners (natives) of each area.

An Excision means basically taking apart from a whole and that part that has been excised will be recorded and documented.

In addition, the official government record of the state called “GAZETTE”


Gazette means the official documentation of an already excised land in the Official Gazette(records or registry) of the state government.

A gazette will show the communities or villages that have been granted excision.

Also the number of acres or hectares of land that the government has given to them.

It is within those excised acres or hectares that the traditional family.

In other words, They are entitled to sell its lands to the public and not anything outside those hectares of land given or excised to them.

A Gazette is a very powerful instrument the community owns and can replace a Certificate of Occupancy to grant title to the Villagers.

A community owning a gazette can only sell lands to an individual within those lands that have been excised to them.

The community or family head of that land has the right to sign your documents for you if you purchase lands within those excised acres or hectares of land.


It’s a piece of needed information for all those looking to invest in properties.

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