Omonile as they are popularly called in Lagos state Nigeria means the traditional or indigenous land owners, and because of the so many havoc these set of people had caused in the past, they are mostly feared by potential land buyers.
Their antics includes selling a single landed property to multiple buyers, reselling of already sold land to another buyer most especially when they discovered the land has appreciated and relocating the previous buyer to a more distant place if there is any, collection of taxes and fines on land already sold, selling of dispute land to buyers etc.
The government on its own is trying all it’s best to find a lasting solution to curb the criminal activities of these unscrupulous elements called Omonile because of the nuisances and threats they pose to the peace of the citizenry and investors but for some political reasons its not paying off.
However, as an investor or potential land buyer, it is our duty to also get to know so certain things about the omonile in Lagos state and Nigeria at large so as to guild us in taking the right direction and decision when it comes to land deals.
Follow me as I hold you by the hand to reveal these 7 basic facts you need to know about the Land grabbers.
They Are Human Being
The Omonile are human being with flesh just like everyone of us, they have blood running in their veins and therefore should not be feared when dealing with them. Rather than entertaining fear, try to study them and understand them and what makes them tick. By so doing you would understand them and know how to deal with them.
They Love Money and Socialize alot
If you have the money, you will forever be omonile master. Omonile are money driven and materialistic in nature, their love for money is second to none. Once you understand this, you would be able to keep them in place when it comes to land deals.
All omonile are affluence lovers, when they sell land, they never have any reservation for themselves which is what makes them to always come back to you for money once the one they got earlier has been exhausted all sort of frivolities like getting married to more than one wives, naming ceremonies and some other fun fairs.etc.
They Will Always Come for More
When buying land from omoniles, please always make sure you have some money in reserved as they are Oliver twist as would always come back to beg for more. Sometimes, because of their complex family structure, they exhaust whatever is being share among themselves quicker than expected which will make them to come back to you for more.
If they come and you could not find any money to give them, they become militants and will find a way of extorting money from you.
Show them Love
In land purchase deal with omonile’s, always try as much as possible to show them love when you visit so they start to feel you are part of them. Patronize them, Play with them, attend their functions and sometimes dine with them. Visit the people who sold to you often bearing small gifts and make sure you especially have somethings for the small boys around.
Don’t Be Too Stingy
During land purchase from the Omonile’s, don’t deals with the father or head of the family alone, make sure you involved the children as well because your problems with omooniles will start or be solved not the fathers who sold to you but the small boys you are ignoring as at then most especially when the father or the head of the family is no more. The young ones would be the one to grow and would remember how stingy you are and show you pepper.
Identify the Power Brokers
During land purchase from Omoniles understand and identify the power brokers among them and make sure you become their friends. They could either be the Oba, Bale or the head of the family.
Ask Questions and Documents all Transaction Process
When dealing with Omoniles ask enough questions as possible so as to save yourself enough trouble in the future and when making payments, make sure you documents the whole process. Take pictures with the people involved, writes down your agreements, do video recordings and collect receipts and take immediate possession of your land no matter how small by putting some numbers of blocks.
Leaving your land bare makes it attractive and easy for omonile to resell but anything on it will discourage them or any prospective buyers.
Final Thoughts on Things You Need to Know to Avoid Land Grabbers or Omonile Wahala in Nigeria
I have been in real estate for a while and i am often amazed at negative experience people have to pass through in the hand of omoniles when its comes to land dealings. With these few points I believed its should be able to guild you in your next purchase if you will be buying directly from the omonile.