Around 9,000 people have lost their homes in a slum of Nigeria’s southern port city of Lagos after armed police officers bulldozed the area for development purposes, Amnesty International (AI) says.
Although a state government official claimed police demolished “a rubbish dump,” Amnesty published satellite images on Monday which shows concrete and other structures in “a densely populated area” razed to the ground.
AL warned that the evicted people are susceptible to disease and bandits, children are out of school and thousands have lost their source of livelihood.
The state government has refused to comment on the issue.
Logas is Nigeria’s most populous city, the second fastest growing city in Africa and the seventh fastest growing city in the world.
Rights groups say the government’s campaign to improve Lagos’ urban facilities, with no regard to its subsequent ramifications, has led to the loss of thousands of homes and workplaces.