AN EXAMINATION OF THE COMPETING LAYERS OF RIGHTS IN COMMUNAL AND FAMILY LAND
The competing and conflicting concurrent layers of rights of the Chief, the Community, the Family Head, the Family and the Individual in the ownership, usage, management and alienation of Communal/Family Land cannot be lightly regarded. This entangled web of concurrent interest in the social and economic organisation of Customary Land administration is fraught with attendant competing claims for priority-interest in and over Customary Land. These competing claims often lead to inevitable conflicts and disputes on the primacy and priority of the respective rights and interests in Customary Land. In this regard, this article, seek to examine the rights and interests of the Chief and Family Head over Customary Land respectively vis-à-vis that of the Community, the Family and Individuals by evaluating case laws on the subject with a view to understanding the approach of the courts in resolving disputes arising from the competing layers of rights, interests and claims on Customary Land; while further appraising the impact and implication of the Land Use Act on these layers of rights.
Olagoke Odubunmi (LL.M, BL.) is a Private Legal Practitioner based in Lagos Nigeria (070332367526)
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