UPDATE: Lagos govt demolishing houses in riverine community

The Lagos state government is presently demolishing houses at Otodo Gbame, a riverine community in the Lekki area of Lagos state, TheCable reports.

It was learnt that some security personnel are also on ground to stop residents from resisting.

A High Court in Lagos had ruled against forced eviction of residents of the area.

The Amnesty International has condemned the action by the Lagos state government, stating that it was against court ruling.

Morayo Adebayo, Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher said, “The scene at the moment is chaotic and dangerous for the thousands who live in the Otodo-Gbame community. The military and police are out in full force and are using tear gas and live bullets to disperse the residents. There are four bulldozers ripping through the settlement.

“This brutal and illegal act flies in the face of human dignity as well as a high court ruling that prohibited the eviction taking place and instructed the authorities to instead seek a settlement with the affected communities. The Lagos state government should ensure that the families who have been rendered homeless this morning are given emergency relief including adequate shelter, water, food and any medical care they may require.”




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