Public-Private Connection in Urban Displacement: A Case Study of Lagos State

The names of certain private actors, notably popular chieftaincy families in Lagos, are often mentioned in most of the documented eviction exercises carried out in Lagos’ informal settlements in the name of urban renewal. This research lifts the veil of urban renewal in order to interrogate and understand the roles private actors play in facilitating mass evictions…

Lagos Evictions: Setting an Agenda for Collective Action

For residents of Lagos informal communities—often designated as slum settlements—bulldozers accompanied by heavily-armed and tear-gassing security operatives are regular visitors to their enclaves. In the last one year, rampaging bulldozers have flattened Badia, Oshodi, Ilubirin, Otodo-gbame, and several communities in Lagos on the orders of state authorities, or their collaborating private actors. The reasons officially…