Earlier on Sunday, operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and some men of the Nigerian Police invaded Otodo-Gbame, a riverine community around Lekki area in the state on the orders of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Gun shots were fired as houses were burnt leaving residents stranded on the water.
The invasion reportedly resulted in the death of 10 people and thousands displaced.
Not please with the development, the Amnesty International and Nigerians have condemned the action, demanding for justice.
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However, the Lagos State Government has justified the invasion of the community.
In a statement via its Twitter account, @LAGOSGMT1, the governor’s monitoring team said the decision was taken in the best interest of Lagosians.
The team added that militants had turned the community to their operational base.
It said, “The demolition of #OtodoGbame was carried out as a security measure in the overall interest of all Lagosians.
“Intelligence report has revealed that militants are using the illegal #OtodoGbame settlement as a base.
“Credible intelligence gathering shows that militants are living amongst the people in #OtodoGbame and are perfecting plans to attack Lekki and VI.
“LASG places a high premium on security and will not abdicate in its duty to protect the lives and property of all residents. #OtodoGbame.
“The killing of security agents in the Ishawo area of Lagos by militants further strengthens the resolve of government to clear the #OtodoGbame.
“The Lagos State government in collaboration with security agencies will stop at nothing to secure the State. #OtodoGbame.
“The government will not succumb to emotional blackmail and will stand by this decision because it is in the best interest of all residents #OtodoGbame.
The settlement in Otodo Gbame is illegal, without any title or appropriate government approval. #OtodoGbame.
“We are willing to take unpopular decisions that will protect lives and property. The #OtodoGbame situation is one of such.”
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