Amnesty International, the Global rights group, has called on the Lagos State Government to immediately stop the violent and unlawful evictions that rendered thousands of residents of Tarkwa Bay, a waterfront community in Lagos, homeless.
On 21st January at about 8:00am, the personnel of the Nigerian Navy resorted to assault and shooting during the evictions at Tarkwa Bay in Lagos state.
The authorities continued with the forced evictions the next day, in what appears to be a blatant disregard for the safety and security of the affected people, as well as their rights to housing amongst others. What is currently happening at the area is a violation of human government rights which is intolerable that the Nigerian Government are evicting people in the most violent manner and destroying their homes without genuine consultations, adequate notice, alternative accommodation or access to remedies,” said the director Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho,.
The attacks on poor communities of Lagos must end. Throwing many families into endless misery is not the best way of addressing allegations of crime and urban planning failures of the authorities. We call for a stop to the ongoing forced evictions,” the director added. Spate of unlawful evictions in Lagos have surged since last.
For instance, in November 2019, nearly 1500 residents of Second Badagry community in Lagos were forcibly evicted. Similarly, on 4th January, 2020, about 3000 residents of Okun Glass Village, Ilaase, were violently evicted by personnel of the Nigerian Navy.
Numerous other informal communities in Lagos live with continuous threats of forced evictions.