Action: Hundreds at risk of forced eviction in Nigeria
We've just received the worrying news about an imminent forced eviction happening in Nigeria.
Hundreds of people in the Railway Compound community in Port Harcourt are facing imminent forced eviction from their homes after the governor of Rivers state announced that it would be demolished in 7 days. The residents were not consulted about the demolition; they did not receive any written notice, and were not offered any alternative housing or compensation. The demolitions are scheduled for Sunday, 12 February.
An estimated 5000 people will be affected along with 10 schools, 15 clinics and hundreds of small businesses.
Take action - The governor of Rivers State has a Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChibuikeAmaechi
Please write the following message on his wall: STOP THE FORCED EVICTIONS OF THE RAILWAY COMPOUND COMMUNITY IN PORT HARCOURT.
If you're not on Facebook:
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
* Call on the authorities to stop all forced evictions, as a matter of urgency;
Governor of Rivers State
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
Office of the Governor,
Rivers State, NIGERIA
Salutation: Your Excellency
Amnesty has been working on this case for a long time and it featured in our Write for Rights campaign at the end of last year.
To express solidarity with the waterfront communities in Port Harcourt, please see the People Live Here campaign:
For more information on Amnesty's work on forced evictions visit:
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