Tarkwa Bay dwellers in Lagos State are being evicted from the island with no alternative accommodation provided for them.
According to a source on Tuesday, sounds of gunshots were heard on the island and when the Baale of the island was asked the reason, they said there were to “lure out oil bunkerers.” Others, however, said the island was being cleared off, its people evacuated.
The island was then surrounded by the Nigerian navy who said their operation was aimed at protecting equipment belonging to the country’s national oil company from “vandals,” but even more pictures showed the people of Tarkwa Bay logging their properties out of the island and sources say that they were asked to leave because the members of the community were accused of vandalizing the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.
Thousands of people have left their homes in surrounding areas since December 21, 2019, and their residences have reportedly been demolished with more leaving without having a place to stay and these people have spent their entire lives on Tarkwa Bay.
— Joseph A Sunday (@Jose_Sunnex) January 22, 2020
Thousands of Nigerians rendered homeless on Tarkwa Bay Island.
It was reported that members of the Nigerian Army forcefully ejected residents of Tarkwa Bay. These reports also hold that there was no prior notice given to its residents.#TarkwaBay pic.twitter.com/ZyH87R56E9
— Amalang (@amalang01) January 22, 2020
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