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Evicted Otodo-Gbame Shanty Dwellers in War with LASG

Otodo-Gbame Shanty Dwellers

Police broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos early Thursday, dispersing hundreds of former slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their waterfront homes. Some 600 people from the Otodo-Gbame area of the Nigerian megacity, including women and children, had earlier on Wednesday marched to the office of the state governor. They were among more than more than 30,000 people ...

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Court says Otodo Gbame residents’ eviction was unlawful

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The Nation reports that Lagos High Court yesterday declared unconstitutional restrained the state government’s eviction of settlers of some waterfront communities around Lekki. It restrained the government from carrying out such acts in future. Justice Surajudeen Onigbangbo made the orders in his judgment in a suit brought last year by 33 applicants on behalf of themselves and other residents of ...

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Hard times for Lagos slum dwellers caught in race for land

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“Sheltering under planks on his boat moored at a waterside slum in Lagos, fisherman Thomson Pascal is trying to protect his six children from the rain flooding into what is now their new home. He is one of 30,000 residents who have been living in boats, shacks or in the open since bulldozers escorted by policemen destroyed their slum dwellings ...

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Displaced Otodo Gbame residents storm governor’s office

Displaced Otodo Gbame residents storm governor’s office

According to The Guardian, there was a mild drama at the Lagos State House, Alausa, yesterday, as hundreds of displaced residents of Otodo Gbame community forcibly stormed the seat of power in protest against the destruction of their homes. The protesters, who paralysed activities at the state house for about two hours, were prevented and also tear-gased by policemen in ...

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Post-Otodo Gbame: Nigeria desperately needs cheaper housing solutions

Housing deficit: shortcoming of the government

“Everything wrong with Lagos state government’s recent clearance of the riverside community, Otodo Gbame, can be summarised in one sentence – Nigeria does not know how to build houses cheaply.”- The Guardian There is nothing strange about clearing slums and there are very good reasons to do so. President Truman’s 1949 Housing Act provided $1bn in funding to localities across ...

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