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OPINION: Displaced within a city: COVID-19 and repeat evictions in Lagos’ slums

OPINION: Displaced within a city: COVID-19 and repeat evictions in Lagos’ slums

TAIBAT LAWANSON MANY of the 100,000 Chibok people living in Lagos came from IDP camps in Northern Nigeria after fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency. There are pockets of these migrant communities in self-built temporary settlements all around the city. We visited one of the largest – Owode Mango – a line of temporary shacks that run alongside the Lekki-Epe expressway. The people living here are either paying rent, staying for free in exchange for guarding a property, or squatting. In all cases, they face constant harassment, demands for protection money or illegal ground rent, and difficulties accessing basic public services.…
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