Minimum Age For Land Owners In Nigeria Is Not 18 Years

Minimum Age For Land Owners In Nigeria Is Not 18 Years

Minimum Age For Land Owners In Nigeria Is Not 18 Years. Daily Law Tips (Tip 495) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

“LAND” is very important property in Nigeria. Ownership, Use, Sale and Transfer of LAND is regulated in Nigeria. There is a restriction on age of persons that can own land in Nigeria.

Though the common adult age in most laws in Nigeria is 18 years, that is not same with issues of land. The minimum age for any person to own a land in Nigeria is 21 years, although there are 2 exceptions to this. 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.

In summary, 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 the above 2 reasons.

Note that this applies to lands granted by the Governor of a state (statutory ownership) and does not affect lands under customary ownership.


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









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