Tears as Navy, soldiers, render Tarkwa Bay residents homeless in Lagos
Tarkwa Bay residents have been left in bursts, as Naval officers forcefully expelled them from their homes in Lagos.
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, many were made homeless after Nigerian Navy officers occupied the waterfront community of Tarkwa Bay and sacked residents.
In the latest mass-eviction in the state, Tarkwa Bay, which houses about 10,000 people, was said to have been sacked to address the spate of vandalism being experienced in the country.
AFP reports that the eviction is basically aimed at stopping the looting of nearby oil pipelines.
According to the Nigerian navy, the operation was aimed at protecting equipment belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from vandals.
“They build houses on pipelines and pump illegally,” Commander Thomas Otuji, a spokesman for the operation was quoted as saying. “All the people in the community aren’t vandals but if you don’t report it, you are part of it.”
During the eviction which stirred fear in the entire community, a mother of four who simply identified herself as Minda, said the occupants of the community had to leave in a rush.
“Soldiers have been in and out since the morning, shooting, and telling us to pack, pack, pack. They gave us one hour,” she said. “Nobody to help us carry, no cars. I have nowhere else to go to.”