Court restrains Ambode from Demolishing Houses on Waterfront

A Lagos State High Court at Igbosere has restrained the state government from carrying out its planned demolition of shanties along creeks and waterways in the State.
Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo granted the prayers of a community-based group, Incorporated Trustees of Community Legal Support Initiative and 35 occupants of various waterfront communities, asking for an interim injunction restraining the state government from carrying out its planned demolition of waterfront communities across the state and preventing the government or its agents from evicting occupants of the community pending the hearing of the suit.
The court order is a respite to 300,000 people living in these waterfront communities who were facing the bleak prospect of losing their homes and businesses following an order by the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, that communities should be demolished.
Worried by the growing cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities around waterfront communities, the governor on October 9 gave inhabitants of the communities one week to leave, saying the communities would be demolished after the expiration of the deadline.

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