Amnesty: Slum raz­ing im­pacts 30,000

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says as many as 30,000 peo­ple in Nigeria’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of La­gos are home­less af­ter their com­mu­nity was set ablaze and de­mol­ished this week.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the fire be­gan in the Otodo Gbame com­mu­nity, but residents told the Lon­don-based rights group that po­lice of­fi­cers blocked them from try­ing to put it out. They said po­lice then re­turned with a de­mo­li­tion team.

La­gos of­fi­cials have warned that makeshift wa­ter­front set­tle­ments pose a “se­cu­rity threat” and must be razed, a process that could af­fect hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple.

How­ever, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said a La­gos court on Mon­day granted an in­terim in­junc­tion against de­mo­li­tions in com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Otodo Gbame.

La­gos of­fi­cials were not reach­able for com­ment. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said those made home­less should be given al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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