Many homeless as Lagos Government demolishes houses in Oworonshoki 


CITIZENS COMPASS – SCORES of people were rendered homeless at Oworonshoki and Idi Araba communities in the Kosofe and Mushin local government areas of Lagos State as the state government demolishesbdomr buildings in the areas. 

SaharaReporters gathered that the State government through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources issued the affected residents a week’s notice to vacate their homes. 

Residents claimed the notice  elapsed on Thursday, July 27, 2023.

Community sources told SaharaReporters that no fewer than 20 houses were reduced to rubble. Meanwhile, the enforcement authorities reportedly denied them the opportunity to remove their belongings that could be salvaged.

The residents told SaharaReporters that enough time was not given to them, adding that they have nowhere to move to even if they had been given enough time.

The government in the vacation notice dated July 18, 2023, addressed to residents and all residents on Lekan Oyebade Street, titled: “Environmental Management And Protection Law 2017 Abatement of Nuisance Notice,” which SaharaReporters obtained, cited encroachment on buffer zone (Wetland), illegal conversion of the wetland into habitation, squatters on encroached wetland, absence of toilet facilities, and illegal impact of Lagos ownership wetland zone as the reasons for the demolition exercise

In these circumstances, unless you abate the said nuisance within 168 hours (7) days after the service of this notice the provisions of the above-named law will be enforced and you will be prosecuted as provided by the Environmental Law. – illegal land reclamation. To provide requisite permit/approval. Absence of toilet facility,” the notice reads as the reasons for the evictions and demolitions.

A resident of the area who spoke to SaharaReporters described the demolition and eviction in Oworonshoki community as horrific.

 The community source said it was worse that residents were not allowed to remove some of their belongings that could still be salvaged. 

 He said, “The horror in Oworonshoki’s Idi-Araba community has intensified as the state government persists with its demolition operation. 

On this grim day, the demolition continued unabated, with more than 20 additional houses reduced to rubble. The situation has reached a critical point, leaving residents in a state of panic and uncertainty. 

“Residents are not allowed to retrieve their possessions before their homes were razed to the ground. The lack of compassion and consideration during this upheaval has left many families devastated and struggling to cope with the loss of their homes and cherished possessions. 

“The scene on the streets of Oworonshoki is one of chaos and fear. Residents, young and old, are frantically searching for safe spaces to take shelter as the demolition threatens to engulf more structures. The absence of any contingency plan or assistance for displaced families has only exacerbated the unfolding tragedy.”

He called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to come to their aid. 

Another source said, “They are currently heading to Odunifa Street, Oworonshoki. Our hearts go to the affected families. 

“I weep profusely! Lagos Street is gone. We heard they are heading to the Ferry community. They are burning all the houses down.” 

“They are currently burning down people’s houses with just one week’s notice but I don’t think it is due to wetlands issues but a stylish way of taking over the land,” the source added. 


Sahara Reporters. 


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