Amnesty International Accuse Lagos Govt Of Forceful Eviction Of 30,000 People From Settlements
Over 30,000 people have been forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos State in defiance of court orders. That is according to Amnesty International Nigeria.
In a new report titled, “The Human Cost of a Megacity: Forced Evictions of the Urban Poor in Lagos, Nigeria”, Amnesty International detailed repeated forced evictions of the Otodo-Gbame and Ilubirin communities carried out since March 2016.
These evictions, according to it, were carried out without consultation, adequate notice, compensation or even alternative housing for the evicted residents.
At least 11 people are said to have died and 17 others disappeared as the bulldozers moved in, backed up by police and unidentified men armed with machetes, guns and axes.
Schools and a health clinic were razed and residents were forced into canoes to flee tear gas and live bullets.
Amnesty’s country director, Osai Ojigho, said residents at the well-established informal settlements — most of them impoverished fisherfolk — had lost everything.
“The Lagos state authorities must halt these attacks on poor communities who are being punished for the state’s urban planning failures,” she said.
“The instability and uncertainty created by forced evictions is making their lives a misery as they are left completely destitute.”