Amdode Renders Thousands Homeless in Lagos
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has rendered over 5,000 people homeless.
The governor on Friday ordered that their houses be demolished.
The homeless are residents of Otodo Gbame, a waterfront community in Lekki.
Amdode’s action took residents by surprise as a court had earlier restrained the government from forcefully evicting them.
This is the second time in 5 months that houses in the community will be demolished.
Some thugs linked to the Elegushi family had on November 9 attacked residents of the community and proceeded to set fire on their bamboo houses.
The incident occurred a day after the ruling of a Lagos State High Court stopping Ambode, who had vowed to demolish all illegal waterfront communities in the state, from going ahead with his threat.
The Lagos State government, however denied it had ordered the demolition at the time.
Friday’s demolition is coming at a time when residents of the community are still trying put together their lives and belongings after the first incident.
It started at about 8.30 a.m. when 3 backhoes accompanied by anti-terror police officers and officials of the Lagos State environmental task force arrived the community and started pulling down houses.
The residents claimed they were shocked by the demolition as they had not been served any notice.
Amnesty International has condemned Ambode’s action, describing it as a violation of the right of the people.
“Thousands who live at #OtodoGbame have right to housing. Their humanity is being violated by rendering them homeless,” the agency tweeted.
“Forced eviction of OtodoGbame community violates court ruling. Putting the poor through this is a violation of human right.”