Navy fights ‘dirty’ in battle for oil and land in Nigerian slums

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Navy fights ‘dirty’ in battle for oil and land in Nigerian slums

State calls them oil saboteurs, but locals say they were forced out because they lived on precious building space

AFP

The lagoon waters at the port entrance to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, are usually teeming with small fishing boats.

But the bustling waterfront slums of Lagos are now quiet after the navy evicted tens of thousands of residents from their homes in recent weeks.

The evictions are highlighting tensions over real estate in the megalopolis of 20 million where building space is an increasingly rare commodity...

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