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Otodo-Gbame eviction: Victims lay siege to Gov Ambode’s office, demand resettlement

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By Monsuru Olowoopejo

LAGOS—Barely 24 hours after Amnesty International, AI, released a report on the alleged forceful demolition of structures at Otodo-Gbame, Ilubirin and other waterfront communities, the evictees have demanded that Lagos State Government resettles the over 30,000 displaced residents.

The protest came one year after the state government allegedly commenced pulling down of structures in the communities, which AI claimed led to the death of about 11 persons and scores of others still missing after the demolition exercise.

On their arrival at the State House Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, yesterday, the protesters barricaded the entrance to the governor’s office, demanding that the governor immediately resettle them

we’ll sleep here’

The residents, who were armed with placards, leaves and mats, promised to pass the night at the entrance of the Lagos House if Governor Akinwunmi Ambode fails to fulfil government’s promises.

They lamented that after the final demolition in April 2016, the state government allegedly promised to provide relief and resettlement to the evictees.

Following the assurance, the protesters noted that they embarked on tracing evictees to various communities and compiled a list, which was handed over to the government for possible action.

According to the protesters, even with the court order directing that evictees be resettled, Lagos government is yet to provide any relief or resettlement months after.

They noted that the government has neither obeyed the court nor fulfilled promises made earlier and has decided to ignore all communications from evictees.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Olutimehin Adegbeye, the Policy Advocacy and Communication Officer for Justice and Empowerment Initiative, JEI, the agency assisting the residents, lamented that government has failed the victims.

 

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