Otodo Gbame: Protest 15 Nov 2016
On 15 November 2016, evicted residents of Otodo Gbame, Ebute Ikate, along with hundreds of other residents from waterfronts across Lagos State, and even a group from Port Harcourt waterfronts, joined in a solidarity protest to demand audience with Governor Ambode. About 600 protestors in total marched to Alausa singing song and chanting demanding justice for the forcibly evicted. A larger turn-out was expected, but just as the newly homeless were departing Otodo Gbame police streamed into the community and began harassing people, and therefore some decided to stay back to remain on their land amidst the rubble of their houses. The key demands of the protestors were: 1. immediate emergency relief and shelter for the over 30,000 rendered homeless by the forced eviction, 2. an immediate moratorium on all evictions, and 3. for the police that burned down their houses to be held accountable.
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