The paper examined the extent of government’s compliance with the procedure of acquisition of private property in Nigeria. Even though there are statutes which provide for the procedure of acquiring property, from time to time government have often flouted laid down procedure for the acquisition of private property. True, it is the duty of the courts to intervene against government and in favour of private citizen, what happens, where government disobey court orders? Or what happens where private citizens for lack of means did not challenge in court any wrong procedure adopted by government? Apart from calling for more judicial activism in this area, the paper argued that government should follow laid down procedure for the acquisition of private property; for even God who has laid down the procedure for man to be holy has also subjected Himself to holiness.
The right of an individual to own property is constitutionally guaranteed.