Residents Cry Out Over Demolition Of Settlement In Lagos

Residents Cry Out Over Demolition Of Otodo-Gbame SettlementThe residents of Otodo-Gbame in Lekki area of Lagos State have decried the demolition of houses and destruction of properties in their locality.

Dwellers in the fishing community on Friday alleged that the State Government commenced demolition, while ignoring a subsisting court injunction which had stopped the forceful eviction of residents.

They expressed shock at the process, claiming they were not served notice of demolition by government.

Amnesty International also condemned the eviction which it described as ‘chaotic and dangerous’ for the resident of the community.

The Organisation in a statement alleged that the inhabitants “are being forcibly evicted and their homes destroyed by bulldozers as security services used tear gas and live bullets to clear the area”.

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Brutal And Illegal Act

Amnesty International’s Nigeria Researcher, Morayo Adebayo, who said Military and Police personnel were out in full force, stated that there were four bulldozers ripping through the settlement.

“This brutal and illegal act flies in the face of human dignity as well as a High Court ruling that prohibited the eviction taking place and instructed the authorities to instead seek a settlement with the affected communities.

“The Lagos State Government should ensure that the families who have been rendered homeless this morning are given emergency relief including adequate shelter, water, food and any medical care they may require,” Adebayo said.

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According to Amnesty International, a resident of Otodo-Gbame, Julius Oladele, who witnessed the eviction along with his wife and two children, said: “Almost all the houses in the community have been demolished, the only ones left are those on the water.

“They did not allow anyone to take their properties. They are chasing people away. My own house was destroyed this morning before I could rush back from work”.

The Human Rights body has called for an immediate end to the ongoing eviction and for the authorities to respect the court ruling which prohibits them from carrying out forced evictions in waterfront communities.

The organisation said it has been documenting forced evictions in Lagos State for over 10 years, stating that “these evictions are carried out without adequate prior consultation, adequate notice, and compensation or alternative accommodation”.

Trial Of Justice Ademola, Wife To Commence January 11

Court, Ondo PDP, Jimoh Ibrahim,A Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in the Maitama area of Abuja, has abridged the hearing of a suit against Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and his wife, Olabowale Ademola on allegations of corruption and breach of trust to January 11, 2017.

Justice Jude Okeke made the orders after counsel to Justice Ademola and his wife, made an application asking that their trial be brought forward from January 18, 2017, when trial was set to commence.

According to them, commencing the trial at an earlier date will afford them the opportunity to get it done with and move on with their lives.

The prosecution who did not oppose the application, but informed the court that it will be amending the charges to accommodate a third person, Mr Joe Agi would then be re-arraigned alongside the judge and his wife.

Not Guilty

On December 13, 2016, the Federal High Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola and his wife secured a 100 million Naira bail at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where they are were tried for alleged corrupt practices.

Both pleaded not guilty to the 15-count charge brought against them by the Federal Government.

Justice Ademola, who was serving under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court before he was asked to temporarily recuse by the National Judicial Council (NJC), was alleged to have on various dates between 2014 and 2015, received huge sums of money as gratifications.