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Lagos State Task Force Begins Demolition of #OtodoGbame Community as Residents Flee for Safety | One Death Reported

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According to multiple reports on Twitter, the Lagos State Task Force have begun demolition of Otodo Gbame, a fishing community in the outskirts of the Lekki area of the state.

This is coming after residents were sent packing owing to what the state government termed environmental crisis.

Reports say police officers were shooting at residents as they flee their “houses” which is being burnt by the state government.

Social media comments added that one Daniel Aya was shot on the neck and died.

The community had dragged the state government to court after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave the order in October 2016.

Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of a Lagos State High Court in a January 26, 2017 ruling, said that both parties should explore out of court settlement, adding that “the eviction/threat of forcible eviction of any citizen from his home at short notice and without any immediate alternative accommodation or sufficient opportunity to arrange for such alternative accommodation before being evicted from his current abode totally undignifying and certainly inhuman, cruel and degrading….”

15 Comments

  1. Madman

    April 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Scambode and ElRufai are EVIL governors.

  2. Madman

    April 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    ELRUFAI slaughtered Christians in Southern Kaduna

    Scambode, Tinubu’s boy. Now slaughtering, you think there will be peace in Nigeria?

  3. Marie Antoinette

    April 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    This is so heartbreaking and inhuman! Forceful eviction without rehabilitation plan. I cry for my country…

  4. tgirl

    April 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    This is so cruel and disheartening to watch. This will never go viral, but let something stupid happen in paris watch how all of our celebrities start hash tagging BS! like their govt gives AF about us. Our youth on the other hand would not talk about this or let this go viral… But watch them spend millions and thousand of naira on BBN africa wasting their precious time voting for people who dont know they exist. My prayers to all of them… The Nigeria we live in.

  5. Authentic Sunshine

    April 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    There are humans, God have mercy, with feelings and emotions. Their homes…….why? why are they being treated like dirt. Why?

  6. Oma

    April 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    What arrogance?! No plans on ground to build cheap homes(settlements) and relocate these people, he is evicting and burning there homes!! What kind of people are ruling us in Nigeria???! I’m so pissed right now. If he knew he was going to chase them out, what plans were on ground? Were they given enough time to vacate? Nigeria is messed uppp!!!

  7. Oma

    April 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    *their

  8. Justreplying

    April 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    So heartbreaking to say the least. You ought to be protecting them not this. Every thing ought to be done in a systematic manner too. If the responsible Authority was thinking ahead, they could use these peoples’ knowledge and skills to set up a house on water resort like we see in other parts of the world and cash in on that but no….

  9. RE

    April 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    This really puts the Lagos State Government is a tough position. On one hand its trying to fight the fast expanding slums, on the order it has to help its people. I do think the government needs to be fighting the fast growing slums, and quite honestly its very hard the only way to get people out is to get them out. The government should however remember it is dealing with human beings and shooting at humans is not the answer. Providing an process of perhaps transporting them to places they came from, or other communities they could find housing.

    Another thing the government should try and do is advocate more aggressive family planning. I remember watching the BBC “Welcome to Lagos” show that followed a man in Makoko who had 18 kids. Its unbelievable the no of kids people in slums have. The government needs tackle the growth of slums, if not the problem could get out of hand, however some sort of alternative needs to be provided as these people are human beings. I really think the government is just trying to kick people out of the state, particularly people who live in slums.

  10. Abi

    April 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Atrocious abuse of power. Lagos state under Ambode is a draconian system where those without power are treated like rats. Senseless demolitions, now this? We can pray,yes,but God requires more from us. Like someone said, this won’t go viral.

  11. Hmm

    April 10, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Good for Lasg. Let those who have a problem with it, give their father’s compound to shanty builders to build their homes. Lagos is still dealing with the problem of the idiots from the creeks in Ikorodu, and the shanty builders on third mainland bridge. A lot of you have villages and states somewhere. Some of us indigenous lagosians, this is our ancestral home. So before you type nonsense, think if this is ok in your states. A lot of illegal immigrants and criminals live in those shanties. Lagos deals with Lagos issues, Nigerians are the problem of the federal government. If you want affordable housing task the federal government t or shut your dirty mouth up. Better still give them a room in your village. Idiots.

    • Nuna

      April 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

      WTF are you on about? Illegal immigrants from where? The neighbouring state?

  12. Iyun

    April 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Not to support the way they went about but pls we need to save Lagos coz I don’t understand what it is turning into. People leave their various state/village to Lagos without proper planning and then start sleeping under the bridges etc, turning to criminal. Before you type rubbish remember this is some people’s state, we have nowhere to go to if something happens and from what I read up they have been on it for awhile so they shouldn’t have waited for it to get to this point.

    • Nuna

      April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Do you understand that these are fellow Lagosians like u/ You think they woke up one morning to live on water? They have been there for generations!

  13. Kennie

    April 11, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Even if they are immigrants from another country they shouldn’t be treated like shit not even the way animals are being treated in other countries they should be moved to a temporary home then probably find means for them to go back to their various villages

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