Lagos Government to Appeal Court Order Halting Nigeria Slum Demolitions

By Paola Totaro

LONDON, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Lagos state government has rejected a High Court ruling that it stop a programme of evictions on the city's waterfront that has left more than 30,000 Nigerian fishermen and their families homeless.

The government of Nigeria's fast-growing mega-city of 23 million in October announced its intention to demolish all waterfront communities, home to around 300,000 people, for public safety.

Residents and rights groups say this was an excuse to help a local businessman get rid of a settlement that had existed for decades so he could build more skyscrapers, hotels and malls.