Police Displace Thousands in Otodo-Gbame Slum

Thousands of people fled Nigeria's largest informal fishing settlement on Friday as security forces used gunfire and tear gas to make way for demolitions in defiance of a recent court order, rights groups said, describing it as a "violation of human rights".

The homes of nearly 4,700 people in the Otodo-Gbame community in Lagos were destroyed on Friday, despite a previous court order that halted such evictions, according to Amnesty International and Lagos-based group, Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI).

Speaking to Al Jazeera by phone, Otodo-Gbame residents said they had no warning their homes were going to be demolished.

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