Displaced Otodo-Gbame residents protest in Lagos

Residents of Otodo-Gbame community on Wednesday besieged the Moshood Abiola Gardens, Ojota, Lagos to protest their forced eviction from the Lagos riverine community.

Residents of Otodo-Gbame community on Wednesday besieged the Moshood Abiola Gardens, Ojota, Lagos to protest their forced eviction from the Lagos riverine community.

The protesters, who gathered at the venue at about 10 a.m., said they were demanding justice over the government’s refusal to honour a court judgement.

Some of the protesters who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said they are marching to the government house in Alausa, Ikeja, to press home their demands.

They explained that a year after the first phase of the forced eviction of over 30,000 people from the community, the Lagos State Government is yet to implement any relief or resettlement in line with its own promises.

The Otodo-Gbame evictees, with support from the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation, said they are calling on the Lagos State Government to respect the judgment of the Lagos State High Court and keep its promise to provide relief and resettlement to evictees.

Many of the protesters were seen displaying leaves and placards containing various inscriptions.

Details later…


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  • atakamosu

    Will Ambode respect the law?

  • James Tayler

    This is to update all media, foreign missions, and other civil society partners on some deeply concerning updates from the peaceful protest by Otodo Gbame evictees and the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation.

    Nearly five hundred peaceful protesters remained on the protest ground outside the office of the Lagos State Governor as night fell. They sang and danced, they prayed collectively, and they settled in to spend the night in hopes the Governor would address them in the morning. Attached are some pictures taken by photographer Omoregie Osakpolor of the evening hours of the protest. Please be sure to attribute if making use of them.

    Just after midnight, the Lagos State Task Force (a specialized police force) stormed the protest ground and began beating the peaceful demonstrators. They brought three “Black Maria” mobile detention vehicles and arrested many of the protesters, especially men. We have reports from inside that one vehicle was packed with 46 demonstrators. We believe the others contain similar numbers. They were taken first to the Task Force office at Oshodi in Lagos and then to the State Criminal Investigations Division of the police at Panti, Yaba in Lagos, where they are now. Those arrested include a number of leaders of the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation and JEI community paralegals.

    The remaining protesters, mainly women and children, were chased away from the Governor’s office and had to hide themselves along the roads in the surrounding area. We are tracing groups who are in different locations trying to hide and remain safe. We understand they are trying to regroup so as to return to the protest ground in the morning, a sign of their incredible resilience and courage.

    Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force and unlawful arrest of peaceful protesters who have come out to demand justice and an end to forced evictions that plague the urban poor. We will be with the evictees of Otodo Gbame and all those arrested as they seek their liberty and continue their struggle to its logical conclusion.

    All supportive actions will be welcomed. The evictees of Otodo Gbame need your support and coverage now more than ever.