Otodo Gbame residents meet, a year after brutal eviction by Lagos governor

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It has been one year since the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, ordered the brutal and illegal eviction of Otodo Gbame waterfront communities.

A year after their houses were set on fire or destroyed by government bulldozers, virtually all Otodo Gbame evictees, including women and children, remain homeless.

They continue to live in abject poverty to this day.

Governor Ambode and honorable Funmilayo Tejuoso of Lagos

On Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation and evictees from Otodo Gbame will be commemorating one year since the final stage of the brutal forced eviction of Otodo Gbame community in April 2017 and six months since the violent crack-down on their last peaceful protest held on 15 November 2017.

The commemoration of these tragic events will be marked by thousands of evictees — who remain homeless and in desperate poverty up to date.

They will reenact the moment they became internally displaced “boat people” during the final and most brutal stage of the forced eviction on 9 April 2017.

Evictees will gather in solemn commemoration, joined by their peers from other waterfront communities and the Nigerian Federation, in a flotilla of boats between Unilag Waterfront and Third Mainland Bridge in the early morning hours.

The event will be marked with music and an on-water procession from Unilag Waterfront past Makoko and Oko Baba Waterfronts to the Headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), where evictees will be calling for support from religious and other civic leaders in their continued struggle for justice and to end forced evictions.

Boats will be departing starting from 8am to 10am from Oko Agbon Bridge on Iwaya Road, Makoko to join the flotilla.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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