Amnesty International has disclosed to the media that security forces opened fire while they were clearing a slum in Lagos known as Otodo-Gbame waterfront community in defiance of a recent court order.
Both the military and police were at the scene in the Otodo-Gbame waterfront community, said Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher, Morayo Adebayo, calling the situation “chaotic and dangerous.” Bulldozers have destroyed the homes there, Amnesty International said.
There were no immediate reports of deaths.
A High Court ruling in January prohibited such evictions, with the judge calling them “degrading,” and told authorities to seek a settlement with residents instead.
Over 30,000 Otodo-Gbame residents had been evicted in November but began to rebuild, Amnesty International said, as tensions grow in the city over land use and development.
There was no immediate comment from the Lagos state government.