By Tony Nwanne
Leilani Farha, a United Nation Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, on Thursday demanded an explanation from both the Lagos and Nigerian government over the forced eviction inhabitants of Otodo Gbame, a waterfront slum community on the edge of the Lagos lagoon.
Since the incident happened, almost 30,000 people were rendered homeless, according to the Justice and Empowerment Initiative, a non-governmental organization that had worked extensively with the community people.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing is a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context.
“It has been brought to my attention that the evictions may have involved the extreme use of force and fire by the Nigerian police force and Lagos State Government, leaving individuals and families scrambling in the middle of the night to find safety and shelter,” said Farha.
“The mass displacement and reports of four deaths are deeply disturbing.”
She further stated that , “under no circumstances should force or fire be used.”“It takes many years to build a home, a community, and a sense of trust with government, but only days to destroy it. It is truly unfortunate that so many people are left with literally nothing but memories of their former lives and questions about their human rights,” Farha said.