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Lawlessness without Conscience: RIVERS State Government renders 15,000 Nigerians homeless, clears slum-only home to poor people … Bulldozers rolled into Urualla, Port Harcourt recently, destroyed homes of hundreds of people, belongings scattered and lost, as government clearances of waterfront slums in the southern Nigerian city continues *Over six days, the homes of thousands of families in eight slum communities in the Diobu area of the city shattered, with three neighborhoods earmarked to be cleared *“We are refugees in our own state. Rain fell and all my belongings were drenched. You can imagine a woman who has not had her bath for a week because she has nowhere to do so. We woke up to the sight of bulldozers. We weren’t even allowed to salvage anything. Before we knew what was happening, we were rendered homeless. It was pathetic. The government says the move is to stop the illegal production and sale of diesel and paraffin”, lament Mary Prince, Diobu resident *“The government is determined to sanitize the waterfronts by removing all shanties and most especially, continue with its frontal and hugely successful war to rid the state of criminals and undesirable elements who have transformed these waterfronts into a den of thieves”-Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information *BY TIM IYETIMO/ENVIRONMENTAL Correspondent, Port Harcourt

Lawlessness without Conscience: RIVERS State Government renders 15,000 Nigerians homeless, clears slum-only home to poor people … Bulldozers rolled into Urualla, Port Harcourt recently, destroyed homes of hundreds of people, belongings scattered...

Special Report after 10 months Investigation: Survival Inside MAKOKO: Africa’s largest fishing village where 400,000 Nigerians live on water, land …Children attend school on floating river, Slum has little access to electricity or clean sanitation *Every 15 households share communal latrines, as excreta, kitchen waste and polythene bags go straight into the water *Community speak in ‘Egun’ language traceable to descendants of Benin republic and Badagry-a coastal town in Lagos State *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE Editor who was in Lagos, Nigeria

Special Report after 10 months Investigation: Survival Inside MAKOKO: Africa’s largest fishing village where 400,000 Nigerians live on water, land …Children attend school on floating river, Slum has little access to electricity or clean...