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Customary Land tenure System: Ownership And Possession

The mystery behind the efficacy of The Land Use Act in ameliorating the flaws of the land tenure system in line with custom has long been deliberated. It is alleged that the land use act came as a supporting document to improve upon the wonky state of affairs within the society. However, it appears that with the coming of the Land Use Act, customary land transactions have been set aside. The Land Use Act of 1979 has drastically changed the concepts of ownership and possession known to customary law. There is now a limitation to the ‘Absolute’ rights of the owner. The free hold estate system seems to have been obliterated and leasehold is here to stay. This article seeks to bring to light the forgotten concepts of ownership and possession, as known to customary land tenure system.

Key words: Land Tenure System, Ownership, Possession, Free Hold Estate.

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