Halt plans to demolish structures in waterfront communities, Amnesty int’l tells Lagos govt


Amnesty International on Thursday urged the Lagos State government to stop plans to demolish all irregular structures in waterfront communities across the state within the next three days.

This was in a statement by Morayo Adebayo, Amnesty International Nigeria’s researcher.

“While the government needs to address the issue of abductions, destroying people’s homes and forcibly evicting tens of thousands of people from their homes can never be a lawful response.

“Many people in these settlements make their living in or near the Lagos Lagoon waterfront and are now facing terrifyingly uncertain futures.

“By attempting to push these residents off the waterfronts with just a week’s notice, no genuine consultations, and no provision of compensation or alternative housing, the Lagos State authorities are blithely violating international human rights law. We are urging the Lagos authorities to immediately halt their plans to forcibly evict the waterfront communities across the state,” Morayo said.

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday to a waterfront community had said the state will begin demolition of shanties.

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