Nasu Abdulaziz

Shot while defending his home

Nasu Abdulasiz is fighting for his right to a home. His community was evicted without warning from their century-old settlement, Otodo Gbame, in Lagos. Between November 2016 and April 2017, armed men acting on government orders razed Otodo Gbame to the ground, leaving 30,000 people homeless.

On the penultimate night of the eviction, Nasu was shot in the arm. The next day the Lagos State Taskforce rampaged through the settlement, shooting bullets and teargas. In the ensuing panic, some people drowned in a nearby lagoon. Nine people are believed to have been killed, with another 15 still missing.

Today, thousands of families remain separated, more than 100 children have lost out on education, and many livelihoods have been destroyed. There has been no independent investigation into the forced evictions or the excessive use of force by the police and military.

But Nasu has not given up. He is campaigning with the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, a grassroots organisation demanding more inclusive and habitable cities.

‘The whole experience to me is like a war where soldiers are told to kill. The only thing I can call this is terrorism.’
Nasu Abdulaziz

Solidarity message

Address:

Amnesty International Nigeria
PO BOX 14212
Wuse, Abuja
Nigeria

Languages:

English, Yoruba or Egun

Suggested message (keep short):

We stand with Nasu and his community as they fight for #JusticeforOtodoGbame.

Creative action:

Create pictures or drawings of what home means to you.

Can I:

  • Send a religious card or message? No
  • Send an Amnesty card or mention Amnesty? No
  • Include my name and address? No

Send an appeal letter

Urge the Governor of Lagos State to investigate the forced eviction of the Otodo Gbame community, ensure they are resettled, and provide them with compensation.

Write to:

His Excellency Babajide Olusola
Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State
Governor’s Office
Ikeja
Lagos State
Nigeria

Salutation: Dear Sir

Message:

  1. Investigate the forced eviction of the Otodo Gbame community.
  2. Ensure they are resettled and given adequate compensation and reparations.
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