Otodo-Gbame: Amnesty International warns Lagos State Government to stop using security threats as an alibi for forceful evictions

The Inspector General of Police has been called by the Amnesty International to investigate into the destruction of properties, the forceful eviction of residents and the death of youths at the Otodo-Gbame community in Lekki area of Lagos State.

According to the human rights group in the recent statement which was issued on Monday, the deliberate destruction of people’s properties must be held responsible.

“The Lagos state government must stop using ‘security threats’ as an excuse to carry out forced evictions, which are prohibited under international human rights law,” said Morayo Adebayo, Amnesty International Nigeria Researcher.

“We are extremely concerned that despite an existing court order prohibiting the demolition of Otodo Gbame, Lagos State government continues to forcibly evict, assault, and endanger the lives of its residents.

“The Inspector General of Police must immediately order an investigation into the deaths, deliberate destruction of property, and forced eviction of the fishing community Otodo Gbame along Lagos’ waterfronts and hold to account those responsible.”

Some youths were shot at, one in the neck which led to his death and the other identified as Monday Idowu in the chest. 16 years old Idowu who could barely talk as he narrated his gruesome experience on that fateful day said that he was helping his mother pack her things when he was shot in the chest. Read his gory tale here.

Monday Idowu, a sixteen years old boy who was born in the community

Monday Idowu, a 16 years old boy who was born in the community was shot in the chest

The Amnesty International called on the government to provide an alternative housing urgently for the alleged estimated 30,000 Otodo-Gbame community residents who were forcefully evicted and made homeless over the weekend.

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“That these communities live in such hazardous conditions at all is a failure of the government to meet the demands of rapid urbanization and its human rights obligations to provide adequate housing for everyone.”

Video of a woman whose husband and sons were killed.

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