Otodo-gbame: Life After Forced Evictions

Between 2014 – 2017,private actors, often acting in connivance with Lagos State authorities have launched several attacks in Otodo-gbame community leading to the  large-scale displacement of predominantly urban poor inhabitants who are now dispersed in different localities across the State. SPACES FOR CHANGE traced the displaced residents to the areas they moved to, in order…

The Demolition of Otodo-gbame Community is Illegal and Must Stop!

SPACES FOR CHANGE (S4C), Centre for Children’s Health, Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Communities’ Alliance Against Displacement (CAAD), and concerned members of the human rights and legal community in Lagos State, unanimously condemn the continuing attack and demolition of the homes and properties of predominantly urban poor residents of Otodo-gbame community in Eti-Osa Local Government…

Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) Launched

Leaders and representatives of slum and displaced communities across Lagos have come together under one banner–‘Communities Alliance against Displacement’ (CAD)–to develop a common agenda for tackling forced evictions and mass displacements in the state. Launched on February 15, 2017, CAD is a loose network of community organizations pooling together their resources to address the land…

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…