Residents of Otodo Gbame Community relieved by court ruling

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The residents of Otodo Gbame waterfront community in Lagos got a sigh of relief this week after a High Court in Lagos ruled in their favour and termed their forceful eviction as unconstitutional.

30,000 families were put in distress and left bare of shelter when authorities destroyed their homes in 2016. This was put forward by the Justice and Empowerment Initiative (JEI), a legal campaign group.

The Lagos State Government have been ordered by Judge Adeniyi Onigbanjo to proffer solutions to the resettlement of the aggrieved families.

It would be recalled that the government had commenced the demolition of houses across the state, and the residents of Otodo Gbame had sought an injunction from the court to stop the action in their area, but it didn’t work as planned.

JEI, praised the recent ruling in a statement which read in part: “The final judgment delivered by the court was a huge step forward in the quest for justice for Otodo Gbame evictees and brings relief to over 270,000 residents of other waterfront communities in Lagos that have been living under the threat of eviction.”

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