A year after bulldozers razed the homes of 9,000 people in a community meant to benefit from a World Bank funded project in Lagos, the state government and the World Bank are failing miserably to live up to their promise to adequately compensate and resettle them, Amnesty International said.
“Hundreds of women, men and children from the Badia East community have been homeless for a year, with many families separated, children unable to attend school and parents struggling to work,” said Oluwatosin Popoola, Nigeria Researcher at Amnesty International.
“The community is suffering because of the reckless actions of the Lagos state government and the World Bank’s failure to ensure that those meant to benefit from its projects are not forcibly evicted from their homes.”
Residents of Badia East were not genuinely consulted or given adequate notice before bulldozers and armed police entered the community on 23 February 2013. Most of them had no time to salvage any belongings from their homes before the demolitions began.