Survivors of forced evictions in Lagos, south-west Nigeria are homeless and devoid of livelihoods. they are the city terrible whose rights to enough and low-priced housing has been strangled by using a mega metropolis mission. These people need to return to their buildings; they need their means of livelihood again.
In 2017, Amnesty International published a document, The Human cost of a Mega metropolis: pressured Evictions of the urban terrible in Lagos Nigeria (AFR 44/7389/2017). The document documented how Lagos state authorities forcibly evicted over 30,000 residents of Otodo-Gbame group from their buildings in three pressured evictions between 9 November 2016 and 9 April 2017 and about 823 residents of Ilubirin community on 4 occasions.
All the forced evictions befell without prior consultations with affected residents
Two years after, lots of the evictees continue to be homeless and live in determined poverty. lots of them live in deplorable conditions in a number of the waterfront communities around Lagos. They had to ask residents of other waterfront communities to accommodate them, and in some instances, up to twenty people reside in a single room.
The redistribution of Otodo-Gbame residents in different waterfront communities has resulted in extended pressure on the meager supplies purchasable in these communities. Survivors of the compelled eviction who are peculiarly fishermen and fish marketers mentioned that the eviction had destroyed their livelihoods. From June 22-24 2018, Amnesty foreign’s researcher visited three waterfront communities, Ajah, Makoko, and Oreta [Ikorodu] where many of the evictees from Otodo-Gbame now searching for safeguard.
The Lagos State authorities have failed to supply residents of Otodo-Gbame with choice housing and/or compensation for the loss and/or hurt to property led to by way of the compelled evictions. they’ve also now not provided any relief or rehabilitation for those who lost their livelihoods. since evictees are left homeless, the lands they previously occupied is being developed into luxury real estate jointly owned via the state government and a personal business.
The authorities have additionally didn’t provoke unbiased investigations into the pressured evictions and the extreme use drive by members of the police and military. heaps of families at the moment are separated and greater than a hundred toddlers had been forced to stop their schooling.
When Amnesty overseas spoke to the forcibly evicted households, they were unequivocal in their demands – they want their buildings and ability of livelihoods back.