Despite subsisting court orders from the Lagos State High Court ordering the Government from refraining to cary out any demolitions in Lagos waterfront communities, Otodo Gbame, a historical Egun fishing settlement located on the shores of the Lagos Lagoon in Lekki Phase 1, was repeatedly forcibly evicted by the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Police Force in November 2016, March 2017, and April 2017.
Fishing is a way of life in Lagos waterfront communities such as Otodo Gbame, a predominantly Egun fishing settlement in Lekki. For generations, people across Lagos State and beyond have bough fish -- both fresh and smoked -- from Egun fishermen living along the Lagos Lagoon and other waterfronts. Now the Lagos waterfronts are under threat, which could destroy an important aspect of the local economy. Learn more in this video.Read More
On 18 September 2015, bulldozers suddenly started demolishing hundreds of homes at Ijora Badia East. Thousands were rendered homeless in a matter of hours. The bulldozers worked on 18-19 September and then came back again, under direction of the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority (LSPPDA), on 22 September 2015, moving from Badia East toward Badia West. If the demolition starts again and reaches all the area presently at risk, more than 30,000 people will lose their homes, businesses and community facilities.
24 September 2015 marks a public holiday in honor of Eid-el-Kabir or Sallah. The rains fell heavily at the Badia East eviction site where dozens of women and children sleep under makeshift structures. This is their message.
In September 2015, an estimated 10,000 people were forcibly evicted from #BadiaEast and #BadiaWest communities. This video mourns the destruction of a once-vibrant community and calls for an end to forced evictions in Lagos -- FORCED EVICTION: NEVER AGAIN.
On February 23, 2013 the Lagos State Government forcibly evicted approximately 9,000 residents of the Badia East slum. The community was an intended beneficiary of a World Bank ($200 million) funded slum upgrading project. Instead of development, the community received bulldozers at 7am one morning, without any advance notice whatsoever. Since then, the evictees of Badia East have asked the World Bank Inspection Panel to investigate their forced eviction, as it in no way fulfills the Bank's own requirements on resettlement of persons affected by Bank-funded projects.